My deck growing tomatoes (in pots) are nearing their end - and I see
several some 2"-long green 'worms' with white things on their back and
two little black eyes that stare at me while they are chomping away.
I never had these before, b ut then I never tired pots before. What
should I use next year if I have the same problem?
Pick them off, kill them, and enjoy your day. You may not see those worms
again for 10 years, Or, you might. It's got nothing to do with growing in
pots. Don't freak out and start buying all sorts of chemicals, either.
Do not kill the ones with lots of eggs on them that are already
weakened. You want a new generation of wasps to help control
the hornworms. Kill the healthy ones. They are voracious, and
they will grow to four inches long. daveA
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David got it right 100%. Take the ones with eggs on them off the
tomatoes but don't kill them the eggs will do that and will be there
next year to help protect your tomatoes.
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
I've seen exactly 2 tomato hornworms in 25 years of growing tomatoes. And,
I'm out there constantly. I'd definitely notice. Lighten up. This is
probably the easiest pest you'll ever have to deal with. At least they're
big enough to see, and they move slowly enough to deal with.
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