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Something cutting my cabbage seedlings at the butt!


 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 10:02 pm    Post subject: Something cutting my cabbage seedlings at the butt! Reply with quote

Hi there,

First time poster long time lurker!

Hopefully somebody can tell me what might be shearing my cabbage seedlings at the butt. Ive grown them from seed and have them planted out a few weeks now.

They are dropping off slowly, about 1 every few days! The leaves are all left intact, only the stem is cut. I did notice a small worm like thing, very similar to an earthworm but only about an Inch long and it seemed to have a mouth.

Thanks in advance,
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leatherjackets possibly. See here leatherjackets
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, yes this exactly what I picked out of the ground.

I suppose my veg seedlings dont stand a chance with the presence of these guys? I think i will go with the slug pellet option as I have the bed covered with netting in anticipation of the caterpillars.

Anybody have any experience in getting rid of these critters??

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get a product made by Nemasys which uses parasitic nematodes to control leatherjackets. The nematodes are harmless to humans and it's a completely organic control method. I think you can get it in Mr. Middleton in Dublin and from their website.
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