[Market-farming] tomatillos and a 'worm'
kenbez at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 3 17:10:33 EST 2004
We've had the tomatillo worm here in south central Missouri. Haven't ever
figured out what it is. Don't think it's a corn earworm -- if I remember
right (I've hardly ever seen anything), the worms I've seen were small and
dark, slimy green.
Here we plant out big tomatillos under reemay 4/15, and take off the reemay
5/15. Usually we get some good tomatillo harvests until August, when that
worm shows up and suddenly we never get another fruit -- whatever it is
crawls in the fruit and leaves only empty paper husks behind. I tried bT a
few times but didn't have any luck -- maybe the application wasn't thorough
enough? But it's hard to spray bT on such massive plants, esp with whatever
insect is chomping on them hidden inside the paper husks, and there's so
much else to do in August that it hasn't been a research priority...
southern Missouri, zone 6b
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