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It’s time to look for tomato hornworms

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By Tom Woods
Master Gardener
Now is the time to check your tomato plants for tomato hornworms. These large caterpillars (up to 3-inches long) can quickly strip a tomato plant of most of if its leaves. This will not kill plants, but will definitely set them back.
The more leaves that are eaten, the longer it will take plants to recover. Tomato hornworms blend in well with tomato leaves and can be challenging to spot. Look for missing foliage and then search the stems for the caterpillars.


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