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Post  LaFee on 6/6/2010, 7:31 pm

I'm sooo upset, and need some help, pronto!

We went away for the weekend, and I came home to find THREE of my gorgeous oak-leaf lettuce wilted away to nothing.

As I pulled one up, the stem broke off (no wonder; it looked like Swiss cheese!) and I saw the tail end of a worm headed into the soil.

Yep. Cutworms.

How do I get rid of them? I dug after the worm (and around the other two plants), but I didn't find them.

I'm ticked off, and gutted at the loss....help?!


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Post  trustinhart on 6/6/2010, 7:40 pm


So Sorry, so disappointing to come home (which is usually good...) to find those nasties. Bit I don't know a thing about them. I hope someone else can help.


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Post  camprn on 6/6/2010, 8:53 pm

Some swear by the barrier method see here


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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 6/6/2010, 9:33 pm


Do not know if it is luck but I tried the barrier method and toothpicks this year. Keeping my fingers crossed, so far so good. The toothpick method is to put a toothpick on either side of the plant stem when you transplant. Seemed too cheap not to try. I will report more on the success or failure of those methods as the season passes.

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Post  LaFee on 6/7/2010, 1:48 am

Sadly, camprn, my lettuce were too big to retrofit them with tubes...but that's on the list for the next round!

I think I'm going to have to go buy some Bt or some nematodes. It's war.


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Post  ander217 on 6/7/2010, 8:30 am

Sorry to hear about your lettuce. It is so disappointing to see your hard work disappear overnight.

I hadn't seen cutworms in my garden for years and years, and suddenly this year they appeared again. I found them happily munching on my cabbage, and I suspect they were to blame for other plant damage I found.

I agree, it's time to bring out the tanks and big guns.


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