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Honolulu, HI
Jul 23, 2017 5:33 PM CST
My cherry tomato plant has been thriving but today I noticed something strange. The stem, right at the base has a chunk missing. What could be causing this?
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Name: Elaine
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Jul 23, 2017 5:44 PM CST
Hmm, cutworms can make that kind of damage but not usually on such a mature stem. They like their stems to be more young and tender. You might try venturing out after dark with a flashlight and see if you can see anything lurking around that stem.

I just noticed that you are in Hawaii, so another thought - might be one of those big snails. See any slimy trails?

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Honolulu, HI
Jul 23, 2017 5:52 PM CST
No slimy trails. I think it is a rodent problem

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