Broccoli Pests - Knowledgebase Question

Lilburn, GA
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Question by JReinert
September 17, 1998
My newly planted (2 weeks) broccoli plants have many very small holes in some of the leaves of the plants. What is causing this and what can I use to get rid of the perpetrator?

Answer from NGA
September 17, 1998
I'd suspect that caterpillars have found your new plants. Unless you see them feeding, though, they're difficult to eradicate. You might want to protect your newly planted broccoli with some floating row cover material while the plants are still young (to exclude the flying pests like cabbage worms that seem to hone in on broccoli and other cole crops). Since broccoli doesn't need to be pollinated, you can leave the floating row cover on for the entire season. Enjoy your broccoli!

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