The Q&A Archives: controling cut worms

Question: my young tomato plants were cut at the base but no leaves were eaten. Is there a solution without chemicals? If not what is a safe chemical.

Answer: The key to keeping cutworms from cutting the stems of your tomato plants is to place a barrier that will not allow them to encircle the stem. A couple of toothpicks set next to the stems of your tomato plants will help or you can cut the cardboard cylinder from a papertowel or toilet paper roll into two inch long segments and set them around each plant stem, burying about an inch into the ground. These paper collars will effectively keep cutworms from munching on the stems of your tomato plants.

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