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Post  HPartin on 4/18/2011, 10:30 pm

Which plants need a collar? eggplant? cucumber? squash? tomato? all?

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Post  Old Hippie on 4/18/2011, 10:39 pm

I would use collars for all of those. It is better to be safe than sorry. Cutworms are NASTY!

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Post  quiltbea on 4/18/2011, 11:29 pm

Anything with a stem buried in the ground is food for cutworms.

I just planted broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower today and put 3 toothpicks around every one of them to prevent cutworms from curling around the stems and breaking them off. I find this method much easier than trying to work a paper collar around them.
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Post  shannon1 on 4/19/2011, 2:29 am

I put collars made from used plastic or stryo cups around all transplants until they get bigger and then remove them and reuse, but I like the toothpick idea.
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Post  camprn on 4/19/2011, 7:19 am

We use toilet paper roll collars here.
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Post  dizzygardener on 4/19/2011, 8:10 am

QB, I'm going to try your toothpick idea. It sounds great, and will probably help to prop up some of my more spindly starts.
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Post  elliephant on 4/19/2011, 11:29 am

My toothpick fortresses have been successful. I like the toilet paper roll idea, too.
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Post  outsideasy on 4/19/2011, 1:09 pm

We went through the cut worm infestation thing Sept & Oct and then some. Our first year of SFG that was some learning experience, you can read about it just search insects and then more insects, I wish cut worms on no one. Get them before they take over !
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Post  acara on 4/19/2011, 1:34 pm

PVC collars ...

'cause cutworms are no joke Mad


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