tomato plant - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Ana, Ca
Question by pjmbdm
June 30, 2010
I have a young tomato plant that's been in the ground for 1 week. Something ate all the leaves off. I don't see any snail tracks at all. The basil plan nearby is untouched. I grow tomatoes every year & this has never happened before. What do you think?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Tomato hornworms, the larvae of a sphinx moth, will defoliate a tomato plant in a hurry. These large caterpillars are easy to spot because of their size and you can handpick them or you can use a product called Bt which is sold as Dipel or Thuricide to protect your plant. With any luck your tomato plant will develop new leaves. Let's hope so!

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