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How to Deal with the Tomato Fruitworm

 

 
 
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Marlene Gillman is a master gardener and owner of Gardensgreen. Years ago she was an instructor at Gwinnett Technical Institute and currently works for the Gwinnett Cooperative Extension. She is a recognized gardening authority in the state of Georgia – many professional and novice gardeners refer to her for advice.

Marlene describes more tomato plant diseases and pests as well as how to get rid of them:

  • Spider Mites – look for a fine webbing around the tomato leaf
  • Tomato Hornworm
  • Tomato Fruitworm
  • Late Blight – brown lesions on the leaf cause the leaf to shrivel up and die
  • Early Blight
  • Stink Bugs – white or yellow speck coloration on the skin of the tomato
  • Leaf Footed Bugs
  • Tomato Pinworms
  • Flea Beetles – very tiny beetle who puts tiny holes in the tomato leaf
  • Other blights and wilts

 

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How to Deal with Tomato Plant Diseases & Pests

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Dealing with the Tomato Hornworm

As you can see I like to prevent tomato hornworms from getting big enough to do much damage because if you don’t catch them before dark, they will eat all night long.

I also like to rid my plants of the hornworm organically. These worms are from moth eggs usually laid over night on the under side of the tomato leaf. I typically look for small holes on tomato leaves just before sunset, then underneath that leaf I might find a baby worm, which I either squash or feed to the birds out on my driveway.

I’m not sure if there are other organic methods of dealing with these worms, but the hornworm moth can sometimes be controlled with an electric bug zapper.

How do you deal with the tomato hornworm?

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Marlene Gillman is a master gardener and owner of Gardensgreen. Years ago she was an instructor at Gwinnett Technical Institute and currently works for the Gwinnett Cooperative Extension. She is a recognized gardening authority in the state of Georgia – many professional and novice gardeners refer to her for advice.

This interview went so fast because Marlene rattled off a number of common tomato plant problems gardeners are experiencing right now:

  • Horn worms
  • Blossom end rot
  • Tomato fruit worm
  • Stink bugs
  • Leaf-footed bugs
  • Early and late blight
  • Tomato spotted wilt virus
  • Pruning advice
  • Blossoms that don’t bear fruit
  • How to get more tomatoes per plant
  • Minor nutrients
  • Heirloom variety considerations
  • Considerations for growing in pots

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Tomato Seed Germination – Part 2 (video)

 

 

 
 
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Tomato Seed Germination – Part 1 (Video)

Learn how to grow tomato plants from seed with the greenhouse manager of Still Lake Nursery.

In this video she shows how to use planting trays, type of soil to use, the seed depth, watering, fertilizer…

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How To Plant Tomatoes (Video)

This video shows the step by step process of how to plant tomato plants so they get the best start for high productivity. There is probably nothing more important than this step to get a lush healthy plant that produces bountiful tomatoes!

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