Something Eating Tomato Leaves

Something has eaten the tops (2 tiny leaves) off my tomato seedlings, on my screened-in patio. Will the bare stem continue to grow? Can I spray them with a repellent? Thanks. Linda


Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Linda Thomas from Melbourne, FL

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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

Yes the tomato will continue to grow. Look close to see if you see worms on it, if so pick them off. You may spray them with soap & water. Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a quart spray bottle full of water from Dollar store. Once a week should help, also search for"how to grow tomato"online, good luck.

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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for the spray formula. I'll use it on the new seedlings, but the leaf-less sproutings did not survive. I've been growing tomatoes for 10 years much more successfully in NJ.


This is the first time this happened. I start seeds now in egg cartons. Since the missing leaf incident, I now close the cartons at night. Thanks again!

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