Is this tomato plant ruined?

smichel(8)May 5, 2012

Something is eating my tomato plant!ÃÂ From looking on the forum I'm thinking it might be a hornworm but I haven't seen any lurking around -

just their destruction! This morning my tomato plant leaves wereÃÂ stripped

and underneath the plant are green segmented pilings.

Is this plant done for? Will it re-grow leaves? Should I pull it out or start overwith a healthier plant? (This seems to be the only one affected but it's a different

variety from the others.)

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Here is a link that might be useful: My cinder block garden

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Unless you have deer in the backyard it looks like more than one hornworm has been working on that one. I'd put in a new plant and learn how to spot hornworms for future reference.

Dave

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 2:15PM
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smichel(8)

That stinky little critter was there all along! I just went out in the garden and checked after looking up pics of a hornworm and he was there eating the underside of the branch - camoglaged! Then I checked one of my original pictures and he was on there when I took the pic - I just never saw him! Gardening isn't for the squeemish. I smashed that Big 'ol fat stinker!! UGH!

Here is a link that might be useful: My garden

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 2:34PM
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JenTiffany

Wow! Ugh! Makes me want to go inspect all of my tomato plants!! I had some teeny little quarter of an inch long caterpillars destroy my spearmint overnight. So annoying! Go away buggies!!! (Except the good guys, of course.) :)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 7:24PM
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ltilton

They are what they eat - in color, at least. Makes them impossible to spot sometimes.

The frass is darker green, gives them away.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 8:05PM
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KerenR(7)

How are you guys posting pictures?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 8:28PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The green segmented pilings are the remains of your tomato...after digestion by the caterpillar. Next time keep a close eye out for the eggs and the small cats before they have time to get so big.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 12:43AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Hormworm eggs are pearly (sometimes slightly green) and laid singly on the underside of tomato leaves.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 2:21PM
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keski(6)

EEEEWWWW! Whenever I have hormworms, I make my husband kill them. It's a lot of laughs. He takes two 1x2's about 6 feet long and disposes of them by whacking them between the two stakes. Even he can't stand to get near them.
However, I am getting good at crushing lily leaf beetles in my fingers. They are so bad that I am getting rid of more and more of my lilies. I really am tired of looking for them every day.
Keski

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:01AM
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Edymnion(7a)

The good news is that the plants should recover. It takes a lot to kill a tomato. They won't be overly HAPPY about it, but they should live.

And for finding hornworms, they fluoresce under blacklight just like scorpions. Get a handheld blacklight and go out at night to look for them and they'll stand out like, well, a glow in the dark bug.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:16AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Endymnion, where would I find a handheld blacklight?

KerenR, here's how to post photos from Photobucket (a free photo-hosting service):
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hosta/msg0513322013993.html?14

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 1:31PM
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Edymnion(7a)
    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 1:43PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Thank you, Endymnion.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 5:01PM
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