Monday, August 1, 2011
Green Caterpillars on my Tomato Plants!
I was out in the garden tending to my cucumber plants that starting getting so heavy that the bamboo they were leaning on started to fall over when I came across something disturbing. After tending to the cucumber plant, I started to check on my tomatoes. Between weather and that the fact that they got much taller then I expected, they too started falling over and bending in the main branch. Well I was looking to see if I needed to prop another part of the plant up when I almost put my hand right onto a big green caterpillar. When I saw it, I thought well ok I will spray later. Figured one caterpillar wouldn't be so bad. So then I looked at another part of the plant and there was another caterpillar!! Yikes, I don't like where this is going! Well I ended up finding a few of these green guys on a couple of the tomato plants. So I googled them to see what they may be. I found out that I have tomato hornworms or some are calling them the greenhorn worm. It is a caterpillar that changes to be a nice size moth so I have read. I ordinarily wouldn't mind the little green hornworms hanging out but from what I understand, they can do a lot of damage to the plants foliage. I have read that the best way to get rid of them is to pick them off but I may just spray the plants tonight after the sun is off the plants. Maybe I will pick off the ones I can see. My plants are getting huge so I may not see all of them as they are hiding under the leaves. So if you see green caterpillars like these, they can eat a good amount of your plant so I have read!