Pests and Diseases forum: Skeletonized Brussels sprouts & broccoli, what is a poor girl to do?

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Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Aug 14, 2016 6:32 AM CST
My Cole crops have been decimated. They had been looking SO good, flourishing. Just before I was due to leave town for 4 days I noticed some caterpillars on them. I killed all I could find, then put a row cover on them. Upon returning I discovered all I had done was seal the burgers in, protecting them from predators! Here are the skeletonized plants:



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Any ideas about what I can do? I have identified the culprit; it is Cross-striped Cabbage worm larvae. There were a smattering of cabbageloupers too, but hardly any. I am squashing any caterpillars I find, I am watering regularly (drought conditions in the NE). Should I give them a weak dose of liquid fertilizer? Or should I just pull the plants?
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 15, 2016 2:46 PM CST
If its just caterpillars, the plants will releaf... A lot Quicker than if you started new ones from seed.

At my house, the army worms are busily chomping on stuff... I'm not too worried, songbirds like caterpillars.
Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Aug 16, 2016 4:32 AM CST
Thanks Stone. I am going to get some Bt today & try that. I was heart sick to see my lovely broccoli & brussels sprouts so demolished. This occurred at the community garden plot. Some bok choi back at my house had the same caterpillers. They seem to be moving into our area. I think I will not grow cole crops next year.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Sep 21, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Dont be discouraged to grow cole again. Bt takes care of them wormies quick. Just keep lookout for more damage and spray again when needed. I only use 1 Tbl. Bt to gallon water + 1 Tbl. Dawn liquid soap.
Soap gives dual action. It takes care of aphid . white flies and more.
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