Post # 1
ok bees, i need some help here! 2 days ago i had a flower pot with twohealthysmall chili plants.now i have this? surely this cant be birds? the dog sleeps inside sowasnt him. only other option is the rat. there was no sign of either the cut plants or the 5 or so big chilis on it. is it a neighbour?they werehealthy plants with leaves and chilis and now arestumps!
Post # 3
Chilis, like spicy chilis? Animals generally dislike capsaiasin, so I doubt it would be a bird or an animal.
First reaction would be a neighbor.
Post # 4
@Hyperventilate: yes,green cayenne chilis! ihad a similar issud with a different kind of chili disappearing off the plant but at least the plant was left intact then. sigh, why would a neighbour do that?.
Post # 6
its not a cut like garden shears or scissors though. the odd angle (hard to tell from the photo) makes it almost seem like a knife was taken to it. i cant think of a natural reason so i guess it really was the neighbours
sigh. i spent months caring for that plant
Post # 7
If it was an animal, they might eat the pepper, or the leaves, or the stem, but most likely you’d see some debris left behind that they didn’t eat. I can’t think of anything animal or insect that would make the whole plant disappear. I’d lean towards it was a person because the whole thing is gone.
Post # 8
I don’t know, I would have a hard time believing it was a person if only for the fact that the containers are still there, why wouldn’t they just take it all? I don’t know where you live but deer, rabbits and raccoons are fairly notorious for eating Chili plants around here, birds and mice may also be culprit. You won’t always see debris left behind, often wind/smaller critter/or the culprit itself will eat the whole thing, particulary if their normal food sources are scarce.
Perhaps I just don’t want to think that someone would be strange or cruel enough to rip a plant down for no reason. It’s hard to see the cut but it looks like what my pepper plants looked like when the bunnies got in my garden.