5 Signs You Have Cabbage Worms in Your Garden

| 7/27/2012 9:58:28 AM


1. You are growing their favorite food

As you can guess from their name, cabbage worms primarily attack plants in the cabbage family, but are not exclusively cabbage feeders. Plants that cabbage worms find the most tasty are:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Turnip greens
  • Radishes
  • Other cabbage greens

2. You have holes in your plants

Since cabbage worms are such voracious eaters, as little as 2 or 3 worms on your plants can spell disaster for the overall health of your broccoli or other plant.

Common signs will be holes in your leaves. A simple google search can connect you to many pictures of cabbage worm damage.

3. You notice dark green droppings on your leaves

A tell-tale sign that you are becoming infested with cabbage worms are their droppings. When you start to notice dark green droppings on your leaves, inspect the underside of your leaves as that is where cabbage worms tend to lay their eggs.

4. A lot more butterflies present

Since caterpillars are in essence the larvae stage of caterpillars, if you start to notice more butterflies hanging around your garden, chances are, you have an infestation of cabbage worms or if you experience one of the previous symptoms, it might be too late.

ライアン 海賊王
4/19/2013 4:37:49 AM

Grow sage among the cabbages to protect them from the little caterpillars. The adult moths hate the smell and won't lay their eggs on them in the first place.

Barbara Young
9/22/2012 1:17:22 PM

The white "butterflies" (actually moths) are the worst culprit. I used agri-bond that lets in 85% of light to prevent the white moths from landing on my kale this spring. It helped with the green loopers, but made a great safe greenhouse for smaller worms and flea beetles. So I remembered something I read from Ruth Stout years ago--take a hose and spray off the plants every night. My greens perked up a lot. You can wash off a lot of bad critters with a stiff hose--though I suppose they can crawl back up on the plant. Hand-picking off the worms helps.

Heather Grenzig
7/28/2012 6:55:18 PM

I noticed some earlier this summer, well before the cabbage had started to form a head. I picked off about four worms per plant and also removed their eggs. I did this every other day for about two weeks. That's all it took! My eyes are better than hubby's, so I was quite successful at finding the buggers. They do blend in well (on green cabbage). It was well worth it, however, because we have never had healthier plants than we do this year.

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