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Old 07-07-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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We haven't seen any on our tomato plants...yet, and every year we battle them.

This year since we planted so many tomatoes, we decided to puff the "seven" on them. What's the the right amount ..or too much "seven" ???
How often should we puff the "seven" ???
Also... we planted many bell pepper plants this year, do the green horned worms like bell pepper plants, too ???
One thing that LOVES green horned worms...is our chickens.

Thanks
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I've picked about two dozen off of my tomato plants so far, but yeah, I've heard they will eat bell pepper plants too.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Tomato Horn Worms can indeed be a big problem. I have always managed them by hand-removal, and because I grow only 3 or 4 plants per year, I am able to do that. I do always worry about pesticides on edible crops, so please be careful. Your local county cooperative extension can give you good advice about control measures, pesticide use, etc.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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we grow 3-4,000 tomato plants each year, and we pick off any worms we see. we never seem to have too many of them. i can't stand the nasty things, so i use tongs to gently pick them off and oops, green guts all over.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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As an experiment, I planted one patio tomato plant. The reason being is that I have a resident raccoon, skunk and possum that visit on occasion. So far, so good with the wildlife, and no tomato hornworms. But what I do have are the tiny green cutworms chewing holes in the leaves. I've looked for the hornworms, and haven't seen any, so I know that it's not them. I picked the larger tomatoes, and sprayed BT on the leaves. The plant grew like a weed, so next year I'll plant regular tomato plants in much larger containers, and also some pickling cucumbers.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:15 AM
 
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We usually get one or two, but haven't seen any this year. We have bird feeders up year round and I wonder if birds snack on them.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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We haven't seen any on our tomato plants...yet, and every year we battle them.

This year since we planted so many tomatoes, we decided to puff the "seven" on them. What's the the right amount ..or too much "seven" ???
How often should we puff the "seven" ???
Also... we planted many bell pepper plants this year, do the green horned worms like bell pepper plants, too ???
One thing that LOVES green horned worms...is our chickens.

Thanks
It is good to know that chicken love tomato hornworms. I have, thus far, been discouraging the chooks from wandering into the veggie garden, but I may change my mind about that. . . I am the proud "mama" of 4 girls, a BPR, RIR, Ameracauna, and a mix that looks like B.O / Wydonette cross.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Sevin is evil stuff.

Plant marigolds along with your tomatoes, the more the merrier. I have never seen a hornworm in my garden.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Sevin is evil stuff.

Plant marigolds along with your tomatoes, the more the merrier. I have never seen a hornworm in my garden.
I always plant marigold,( and other odiferous plants), amougst my veggies. . . I'm not sure it's 100 % effective, but it can't hurt!
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:24 AM
 
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Hire a small neighbor child to pick them off, and pay them for every worm they bring you. When my son was small, I paid him a quarter for every worm he found on the plants. Needless to say, my plants were always worm-free, and my son found great glee in spending his "own" money when the ice cream man came around.
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