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Gardening question

Posted Friday, August 17, 2007, at 10:13 PM

We do not have much of a garden going this year after I decided to stop watering, but I kept a few things going like one tomato plant, peppers, eggplant, some Chinese squash and a few annual ornamentals.

The tomato plant is what I am curious about. We have fought horned tomato worms and some blight in past years but I have never had a tomato totally defoliated without the hint of an insect. I found a hornworm on a volunteer tomato but NOTHING on this particular hybrid.

No grasshoppers, or other leaf chewing insects to be found, but the leaves, not stems are wiped out except for the very tips and a few sucker shoots. The leaves did not drop from the heat, they were eaten, but nothing around to hint about the culprit. No other plants nearby are affected.

Any ideas?

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Not sure about the tomato plants but my hibiscus leaves have been stripped away and I am thinking it was either June Bugs or Japanese beetles. Have seen both in the areas near where these plants are located.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 11:57 PM

We have had a few of those, but they must either eat at night or be__very__ fast! I never see ahything on the plant.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 4:50 AM

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