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My lettuce seedling blew off at the base???

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:34 pm
by Lintu
I went out to check on my plants this morning and one of my lettuce seedlings was gone. I thought someone had walked by and stolen it until I found the leaves separated from the root right at the base. What causes this??? Not enough support from the soil?

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:03 pm
by mscratch
possibly a cutworm at work

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:09 pm
by rainbowgardener
yup, most likely cutworms. Type cutworm into the Search the Forum Keyword box and find lots of info here about how to deal with them.

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:21 pm
by Lintu
mscratch wrote:possibly a cutworm at work
They're in an elevated raised bed about 4 feet off the ground -- not sure whether that limits cutworms or not. I am very much a beginner.

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:47 pm
by Dillbert
>>raised bed

cutworms are not "worms" as we think of "earthworms" - they are actually caterpillars - larval stage of a moth - so they moths may well have laid their eggs in the raised bed . . .

here's one blurb:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/m1225.html

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:15 pm
by Lintu
Dillbert wrote:>>raised bed

cutworms are not "worms" as we think of "earthworms" - they are actually caterpillars - larval stage of a moth - so they moths may well have laid their eggs in the raised bed . . .

here's one blurb:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/m1225.html
I see -- thank you for that information. I've put cardboard collars around the base of my lettuce to see if that helps prevent further damage.

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:57 pm
by Ohio Tiller
I had sparrows just clean me out this year I forgot to screen them off and the sparrows were standing there waiting for them to grow!!!! I hate those birds!

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:16 pm
by FaTRippz
i had earwigs eating all my spinach and lettuce. they love luttce and seedlings of any kind. Maybe earwigs are the suspect, just my two cents.

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:26 am
by rainbowgardener
I doubt it. Earwigs tend to eat plants from the top down like this:

[img]https://donigreenberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/earwig-damage.jpg[/img]

not to cut them off at the base.

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:34 pm
by Lintu
Thankfully it was only the one plant, and I can't find evidence of cutworms (looked for holes and all that). I hope that if it WAS a cutworm, that the cardboard collars take care of that!

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:47 pm
by Lintu
I did just find a bug on the underside of a leaf, though :( Trying to figure out what it is by looking at pictures on the internet. Gah!