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Dealing with Cutworms: What does the newspaper do?

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Dealing with Cutworms

By Robynznest
July 7, 2013

Wrap newspaper pieces around the trunk of the plants when planting to help keep cutworms away.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 6, 2013 7:37 PM CST

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I've never heard of this before. Why would it work?
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daylily
Jul 6, 2013 9:43 PM CST
dave said:I've never heard of this before. Why would it work?


I am with you, Dave. I don't understand how this would help? Maybe for cut worm, but not for hornworms? I'd love to find out, as I usually find a few on my plants each year.

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paulgrow
Jul 7, 2013 6:30 AM CST
I too never heard of this except to repel cutworms on transplants.
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robertduval14
Jul 7, 2013 1:02 PM CST
There can be no way I would think this would work... Hornworm eggs are laid singly directly on the leaves near the TOP of the plant. The young caterpillars feed on the most tender leaves first and will then work down to lower, older sets of leaves as they deplete the most tender stuff. At no time would newspaper placed near/around the trunk of the plant hinder the life cycle of this animal. In fact, they could easily complete the cycle without ever getting near the newspaper.

With absolutely no disrespect intended here, I believe this tip is incorrect information and is actually meant to be a tip to help stop cutworms, as others here have said.
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greene
Jul 7, 2013 3:24 PM CST
Some of us still read the photo and only skim the words. If Robynznest had used a photo of a cutworm rather than a tomato hornworm/tobacco hornworm her idea would have been more clear to us all. There are many things which can be placed around the young transplant tomatoes - tar paper collars, newspaper collars, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, etc. - which prevent the cutworm from encircling the stem of the tomato plant. I would respectfully suggest the OP simply change the photo to better reflect the good idea.
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sheryl
Jul 7, 2013 5:03 PM CST
Good idea! I started thinking that a cut worm and a hornworm were the same thing, or perhaps I was calling it the wrong thing all this time.... Rolling on the floor laughing
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daylily
Jul 7, 2013 5:22 PM CST
Is it possible that the title and wording was changed? Confused I swear it said tomato hornworm this morning.... Shrug!

Yes, might help with cutworms.
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robertduval14
Jul 7, 2013 5:48 PM CST
daylily said:Is it possible that the title and wording was changed? Confused I swear it said tomato hornworm this morning.... Shrug!

Yes, might help with cutworms.



yes, the title and wording have been changed, just not the picture.

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dave
Jul 7, 2013 6:16 PM CST

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I changed the wording but couldn't find a good photo to swap out on short notice.
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daylily
Jul 8, 2013 8:54 AM CST
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Thanks, Dave!
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Robynznest
Jul 10, 2013 8:38 PM CST
My grandpa told me that the newspaper will keep the worm from crawling up the trunk. Gramps did this for years, my dad did it and I have been doing it for years, too. I don't have the dreaded worms that we call tomato worms. This may not be the correct name, but Daves picture is the right one. I have also been putting the paper around my brugs the past two years, because they were getting infested with the worm. Thank you Dave for providing a picture.
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Name: Juli
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daylily
Jul 11, 2013 1:59 PM CST
dave said:I've never heard of this before. Why would it work?


I am with you, Dave. I don't understand how this would help? Maybe for cut worm, but not for hornworms? I'd love to find out, as I usually find a few on my plants each year.

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