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5/13/2013 12:55:11 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

luckylouie42
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Cedar Grove, WV
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This has never happened before, wondering what was doing it, an insect, or some critter, lol ?




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5/13/2013 2:08:02 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (295,700)
Assumption, IL
69, joined May. 2010


possibly a cidalplagiaragous of the homesidal genus ...

5/14/2013 9:38:55 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
ucntplzvry1
Huntsville, AR
71, joined May. 2013


Do you have grasshoppers? I have had them strip all the leaves off my plants.

5/15/2013 9:34:16 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

luckylouie42
Over 4,000 Posts! (6,013)
Cedar Grove, WV
75, joined Mar. 2008


I haven't seen any grasshoppers, yet, so i dont know what it was, well i am gonna replant, and dust them with copper dragon, and see what happens. lol.

5/15/2013 10:42:37 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
mainelythere
Farmington, ME
38, joined Dec. 2012


horn worms?

5/15/2013 3:04:18 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (295,700)
Assumption, IL
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slug larvae

5/15/2013 8:00:34 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

sillylaugher61
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Murrysville, PA
56, joined Aug. 2011


try spraying your leaves with soapy water. this will be my first year growing
tomato plants!

5/15/2013 10:06:54 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
cupocheer
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Assumption, IL
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do you like tomato leaf salad, OP?

5/16/2013 8:23:14 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
mayflylady
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Conyers, GA
56, joined Jun. 2012


Quote from sillylaugher61:
try spraying your leaves with soapy water. this will be my first year growing
tomato plants!
soapy water only works if you spray it on the insects so you have to see them. doubt it would do anything in this case. but its good for things like aphids. wont kill 100% but may take population down to a manageble level.

5/16/2013 8:23:57 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
mayflylady
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (10,045)
Conyers, GA
56, joined Jun. 2012


OP - what damage are you seeing exactly. small holes evenly spaced, pieces of leaf missing, etc.

5/18/2013 7:33:28 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
719puceater
Colorado Springs, CO
43, joined Feb. 2013


Try a tablespoon of baking soda to a gallon of water. Spray once a day for a week. The prob is a worm feeding. Problem solved.

5/18/2013 8:13:27 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
719puceater
Colorado Springs, CO
43, joined Feb. 2013


Here and Florida we always called the worm ,tomato grub. The technical name I can find.

5/18/2013 8:53:54 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

luckylouie42
Over 4,000 Posts! (6,013)
Cedar Grove, WV
75, joined Mar. 2008


Quote from mayflylady:
OP - what damage are you seeing exactly. small holes evenly spaced, pieces of leaf missing, etc.


stripped bare, leaves, stems and all, nothing left but main stalk,

5/18/2013 9:19:09 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

sweetsugar57
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (17,220)
Pottsville, PA
67, joined Oct. 2009


Sounds like a Groundhog to me.
My neighbor sits at his window and shoots them.
They love when the plants are young and tender.They eat all the leaves and leave only the stems.
Go Figure!!

5/19/2013 6:38:46 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

tbirdracer
Gainesville, GA
54, joined Nov. 2007


Deer will eat leaves and young shoots, really prune back a tomato plant. Horned cutworms do the same but can often be seen and picked off.

5/19/2013 6:46:30 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
cupocheer
Over 10,000 Posts!!! (295,700)
Assumption, IL
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sounds like the works of them slimy larvae for sure, OP

5/30/2013 3:01:44 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
cheridth2
Over 2,000 Posts (3,298)
Kermit, TX
41, joined Apr. 2013


Quote from luckylouie42:
This has never happened before, wondering what was doing it, an insect, or some critter, lol ?
im sorry, i was really really hungry! Please forgive me, i wont eat anymore of your mater leaves! Lol lol i ll wait for the maters!! Lol lol no seriously, grasshoppers? Them lil buggers ate my corn sprouts! and my lettuce! So i spread some bird seed about n presto! The air strike team took no prisoners and the invading buggers have retreated to where they stormed in from! now ifn i cud jst get the lizards to go after the ants i wud b sittng pretty! sometimes water on the leaves will get hot in morning sun n burn holes. Some maters diseases eats up the leaves and dont rule out cats, lol or skunks lol caught em both nosing through flower bed munching away!!!

5/30/2013 3:10:51 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
cheridth2
Over 2,000 Posts (3,298)
Kermit, TX
41, joined Apr. 2013


Quote from luckylouie42:
stripped bare, leaves, stems and all, nothing left but main stalk,
lol lol i sed i wud stop eatng em! Lol lol yeah sounds like a critter. Try putng up a light on em to scare em off. I got my garden under solar flood lights. And a windchime near by. Gona see if ms skunkypooh will stay out after that.

5/31/2013 7:02:56 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

sleekviper
Normal, IL
54, joined Mar. 2012


Sounds like cutworms, they will do that type damage.

6/1/2013 1:54:16 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
vanillaone
Huger, SC
69, joined Jan. 2013


I will tell you one thing, but it sure aint me, lol hahahaha

6/10/2013 5:04:01 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

rookjenny
Over 1,000 Posts (1,687)
Bean Station, TN
49, joined May. 2012


Quote from cheridth2:
lol lol i sed i wud stop eatng em! Lol lol yeah sounds like a critter. Try putng up a light on em to scare em off. I got my garden under solar flood lights. And a windchime near by. Gona see if ms skunkypooh will stay out after that.
You been stealing maters again?
Something stole my baby cantaloupe plants...They only had two leaves,and about an inch tall.

6/10/2013 11:57:28 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

luckylouie42
Over 4,000 Posts! (6,013)
Cedar Grove, WV
75, joined Mar. 2008


I planted new plants, dusted them with copper dragon, so far no more problems with leaf eaters, lol.

7/12/2013 8:16:30 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
cheridth2
Over 2,000 Posts (3,298)
Kermit, TX
41, joined Apr. 2013


hahaha yeah i dont like copper dragon dust leaves an icky taste behind. Seriously, worms hate the dust too. Aaw rook ya know i loves them maters!! Rabbits like tender young shoots, i dont get rabbits here so idk what to tell ya. Lol lol my dad gave me a cat, no more ms skunkypooh! But dang if the cat didnt eat some of my sprouts!! And i caught a young en hauling off my one of my mater plants! Aaww poor kid he went to so much trouble putting it in a potting planter n everything, i jst peek out the window and let him have it! He musta been hungry to go all that trouble! Hope it yields a ton for his family!

7/13/2013 6:10:09 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

rookjenny
Over 1,000 Posts (1,687)
Bean Station, TN
49, joined May. 2012


Quote from cheridth2:
hahaha yeah i dont like copper dragon dust leaves an icky taste behind. Seriously, worms hate the dust too. Aaw rook ya know i loves them maters!! Rabbits like tender young shoots, i dont get rabbits here so idk what to tell ya. Lol lol my dad gave me a cat, no more ms skunkypooh! But dang if the cat didnt eat some of my sprouts!! And i caught a young en hauling off my one of my mater plants! Aaww poor kid he went to so much trouble putting it in a potting planter n everything, i jst peek out the window and let him have it! He musta been hungry to go all that trouble! Hope it yields a ton for his family!
deers all around,but closest i actually see rabbits,is in or across from a field out the road about a mile,but still,i suspect rabbits as well,and with all the grass and clover close by

7/18/2013 6:44:13 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

southerpride89
Angie, LA
28, joined Jul. 2013


You have a rabbitt problem my friend put a string up around your tomato plants about 5 inches off the ground

7/21/2013 5:45:05 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
handyman8253
East New Market, MD
64, joined Nov. 2012


try seven dust not sticky and does not change taste of tomato's

7/21/2013 5:46:02 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
handyman8253
East New Market, MD
64, joined Nov. 2012


try sevin dust not sticky and does not change taste of tomato's

9/22/2013 11:25:55 AMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 

artist820
Over 4,000 Posts! (4,544)
Tehachapi, CA
61, joined Jan. 2013


Quote from 719puceater:
Try a tablespoon of baking soda to a gallon of water. Spray once a day for a week. The prob is a worm feeding. Problem solved.

If you don't want to spray, look for the greenish colored worm. What he said above, to get it moving. You have to look closely because they camouflage really good. Just pull it off your tomato plant, place in a jar and watch it eat. Kids will love watching it. I thought they looked fascinating.

9/22/2013 10:23:39 PMWhat is eating the leaves off my tomato plants? 
tango159
Gainesville, FL
37, joined Jan. 2012


Quote from sweetsugar57:
Sounds like a Groundhog to me.
My neighbor sits at his window and shoots them.
They love when the plants are young and tender.They eat all the leaves and leave only the stems.
Go Figure!!
Better technique for moles and stuff coming up, use a crapload of flour on the ground before watering. it makes a pizza crust-like cement