How to Identify and Get Rid of Tomato Hornworms
Cut worms can be prevented from damaging your newly planted tomatoes plants by placing a thin stick immediately adjacent to the main stem at planting. Use a toothpick or a broken dead twig. This prevents the cutworm from being able to wrap its body around the plant, which is typically how they feed.
I grew tomatoes in a container last year, they developed leaf miners and did not do so well. I think I only got 2 small tomatoes from my 5 ft plant. This year, I want to try something different. I will incorporate most or all of your suggestions. How do I prevent leaf miners this year, from destroying my tomatoes in containers? Thank you.
I have 2 tomato plants growing in an Earthbox this year. Brand new container and soil. I found one really large horn worm the other day. Today have found 3 more. Trying to learn about these things. Just wonder how did I end up with these horn worms in a Earthbo sitting in an open area on concrete.
The adult hornworm moths likely flew in and laid eggs on your plants, which appear to be hatching! Inspect under leaves and stems to look for the caterpillars while they’re still small.
Killing hornworms is really offensive to me because they morph into hummingbird moths, which are incredibly beautiful. They don’t bite or sting and can easily be relocated to native plants outside of the garden. Dropping them into soapy water is pretty darn cruel.
Hornworms eating my tomato plants is very offensive. Regardless how pretty or ugly. I spend alot of time and money to grow veggies. Dropping the worm into soapy water is not cruel and neither is slamming them onto the pavement.
In my garden…Tomato and bell pepper lives matter too. Actually, the tomatoes and bell peppers feed my family. So, they matter more. I’m all for teaching these pesky Horned Caterpillars to blow soap bubbles from their little mouths. Death to horned caterpillars.
I will stir up a fire ant nest and then drop the horn worms on top of the mound. And the ants work the worms over. And sometimes a mocking bird will eat the worms.
I found a huge green caterpillar on my tomato plant. It was green full of my tomato leaves. Those flowers of those future tomatoes, were supposed to feed me this summer/fall. I lost some big beef tomatoes bc if it. Nevertheless, I didn't kill it, thinking; it would turn into a beautiful butterfly, my favorite insect. In this article I learned the truth...it will turn into a moth. Don't like moths. Anyway, I broke the branch and threw it outside of my property. After that experience, I took the tomato plants and house them into my little green house. The green house has a window which I leave open for ventilation. Is there a chance that a moth will get at my Peppers and Tomatoes there too? I have planted basil, dill (young onions) and Rosemary and also a pot of lavender. Will those herbs/plant keep pests away?