The Q&A Archives: Controlling Root-eating Insects on Rutabagas

Question: Root-eating insects made a mess of my rutabagas. How can we avoid this problem? Organic methods? How do commercial growers get perfect rutabagas? Steve Mertz Ludington, MI

Answer: It sounds like you have cabbage root maggots. Try growing your rutabagas in beds. Cover the beds with a floating row cover to prevent the flies from laying eggs. You can also dust the base of the plants with diatomaceous earth or wood ashes. Commercial growers use floating row covers and plastic mulch.

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