Calibrachoa is not classified as deer resistant, but deer tend not to favor them. Calibrachoa bloom during warm weather when there are many more suitable options for deer to eat.
According to Rutgers University, this plant is Occasionally Severely Damaged on their rating scale from Rarely Damaged to Frequently Severely Damaged.
How To Keep Deer Away From Calibrachoa
Plant calibrachoa in hanging baskets and window boxes too high for deer to reach. Calibrachoa can be placed inside fenced-in gardens. Scented repellents can be used, but should be switched out every few weeks. Deer become accustomed to the same scent and realize that there is no threat of danger.
Will Calibrachoa Come Back After Deer Eat Them?
If calibrachoa has not been grazed to the soil surface, it will bounce back after being chomped on by deer. It may even come back in a fuller form. Calibrachoa is typically grown as annual plants, so there is no need to worry about the damage having a lasting impact on next year’s growth or flowering. If deer have damaged your plants, be sure to continue watering and fertilizing them to help them recover more quickly.
Sources: Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station ‘Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance’ 2018
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Author Maureen Farmer - Published 01-15-2022