Plants that cutworms attack
Just curious about your experience with cutworm damage. How likely is it?
I recently read that newly set out broccoli plants need protection from cutworms, and I know how to do that for individual plants -- with cardboard collars or upright nails right next to the stem when planted. Since I didn't know that they'd take down broccoli plants, I thought I'd check to see what other young seedlings need to be protected and found this list:
Common host plants: Tomato, pepper, cabbage, peas, beans, and squash.
Okay... I've never had cutworm damage on peas or squash and have never heard they'd need protection.
The same site listed these plants as needing protection in addition:
Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Cucumbers, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Lima Beans, Melons, Muskmelons, Onions, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Snap Beans, and Sweet Corn
I was surprised to see some of the plants listed as being vulnerable. Corn? Onions? Potatoes?
I know that cutworms are less likely to attack larger plants, seem to like the young tender ones. So the melons and peppers and cukes that I start inside and grow to a sturdy size aren't likely to attract them.
But have you ever had cutworm damage from any of the plants listed above if you direct-sow them?
Here is a link that might be useful: Cutworms