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Is this tomato plant ruined?

Posted by smichel 8 (My Page) on
Sat, May 5, 12 at 13:41

Something is eating my tomato plant! 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 were  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.)


 

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


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

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


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

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


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

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.) :)


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

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

The frass is darker green, gives them away.


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How are you guys posting pictures?


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

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.


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


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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


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

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.


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

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


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RE: Is this tomato plant ruined?

Thank you, Endymnion.


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