chew my indoor plants
two terrorist kittens chewed every leaf that comes from my ponytail
fern. They went brown at each edge. I cut them all off (the brown
bits). So far it looks okay, but have I done more damage? Also my
"darlings" love to chew ALL my household plants and pepper doesn't
seem to deter them. Any suggestions?
you have not done any damage to your ponytail palm it is
okay to cut the brown ends off your palm. As the palm grows, these
leaves will drop off naturally anyway.
As for keeping the cats
at bay, move the plants to where they cannot reach them, if this
is practical. Give the kittens other "toys" to play with or put
the kittens outside.
Pepper is another solution,
which you have already tried, or you could try something stronger,
such as cayenne pepper.
The kittens will grow
out of this phase, but the plants may suffer in the meantime.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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