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Ginevra
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Yesterday when I checked my garden, I found my baby tomato plant topless. The top was laying on the ground and only the stem remains. That sounds like descriptions I have heard of cutworm damage, but I didn't think cutworms cut up the stem several inches. Do they do this? I thought they cut them right at the base.

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Yesterday when I checked my garden, I found my baby tomato plant topless. The top was laying on the ground and only the stem remains. That sounds like descriptions I have heard of cutworm damage, but I didn't think cutworms cut up the stem several inches. Do they do this? I thought they cut them right at the base.

 

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In previous years I have had trouble with birds clipping the centers out of my new tomato plants.  This year I have had more difficulty with them clipping off a branch or two of leaves.  Some of my plants were completely stripped with only a stub of a stem remaining.  I finally took hair from my daughters and my combs and brushes and wound maybe 10 or 12 strands around each plant.  That fixed the problem for me.  Best wishes to you!  It certainly is no fun to have to replant all the tomatoes.

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