I thought I'd get a head start and plant my tomatos early this year.
Everything was going well. I planted a whole bunch of heirloom
tomatoes (yellow tomatoes, orange tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes
I had cross polinated myself - a beefstake tomato with a tiny cherry
I planted them in trays, they sprouted, I transplanted them then to
the garden. Some damn bug chewed all the leaves up and killed them
It annoys me no end that they destroyed my tomato plants.
I lost all my heirloom tomato seeds and the ones I had cross polinated
last year. I wanted to see what they would result in. But now its
all gone including my seeds.
F@*# those damn bugs
That's what I think too. Usually it's faster (and more satisfying) to
pick hornworms off by hand and squash them. Tomatoes can recover from a
*lot* of insect damage, although they'll be set back quite a bit from
it. Still, you may get a few fruit from them. (Save some of the seeds
if the beefsteak x cherry makes it, the F2 hybrids is where it gets
Just got back in from watering my plants and getting some cucumbers,
tomatoes and lettuce for a salad. Found that 2 stalks of 1 and
another stalk of another of my tomatoe plants had their leaves eaten
also. I looked around the two plants, under leaves and all and could
find the culprit.
It is obvious that something has eaten the leaves and they really did
a number on my plants.
I also found three more of them litle green worms on the leaves of my
This time I clipped them in half with my shear.
I couldn't find the culprit smong my tomato plants.
Yes they are. Their fresh droppings also illuminate the trail.
They're so large and prolific you swear you'll need a big stick to tangle
with the culprit :(
I find it helpful to have a few 8 foot stakes amongst the tomatoes
Birds perch on them and help me out.
Only once in the past 10 years have I had to tangle with them.
A tomato hornworm can take a branch off of a medium sized tomato plant
overnight. Several worms and fairly small plants overnight would be
The OP seems to be in Canada and I doubt that his plants have been in
the ground 2 months.
True but they didn't fall from the sky 3" long. :-) You got to catch those
suckers before they reach a size were they can do such horrific damage.
We're always on the lookout for evidence of hornworms.
But they grow so bloody fast! ;-)
One night they are a pinprick and I swear in 24 hours, they ARE 3" long!
Seems that way anyhoo.
Many people swear by BT. It's supposed to be non-toxic to humans and
other animals. Just larval insects.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
I planted 38 heirlooms, 35 in garden and 3 currant types in pots on
the front deck.
Came out a couple of weeks ago, and the leaves were all gone on one of
the potted ones. Had 2 tiny tomatoes on it. Found a hornworm
trucking along in the pot. Could get in but couldn't get out. Weird
that of all the targets I had, that so far, only one sitting alone on
a deck was hit. HTH did it find that one?
BTW Just because the leaves are gone, doesn't mean it's dead. Don't
throw it out unless you're sure.
After 2 weeks, just noticed last night that the naked one has
sprouted new leaves on top starting to shade those 2 tiny tomatoes.
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