Swiss Chard Maggots - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
Question by sunone
May 18, 1999
I planted 3 types of swiss chard in mid March, and the plants are about 12" tall. Some of the plants are developing brown to white bloches on the leaves. When I cleaned some of the plants I pulled to thin the row, I found what looked like a whitish magott. After boiling, I found some cooked critters that looked like white grains of rice, some appeared to be inside the leaf tissue. Do you know what these larva could be, and how do I save my crop. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

PS My Burpee tomatos I started in mid Feburary and transplanted to Wall-of-Waters are over 3 feet tall and loaded with blossoms.

Answer from NGA
May 18, 1999


Unfortunately, Swiss chard is subject to many of the same disease and insect problems as spinach and some of them are very difficult to control. Based on your description it is impossible to give you a definite diagnosis of the problems. You might wish to take a sample to your County Extension (350-2540) for a definite identification and the most up to date suggested controls, if any. I'm sorry about your chard, but those tomatoes sound fantastic!

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