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Old 06/04/07, 11:12 AM
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Brussel Sprouts/Bugs?

My B. Sprouts seem to be growing very well. Then today I noticed that some of the leaves have been laced with holes. I assume something is eating them. I wanted to avoid pesticides but I want my BSs!
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Old 06/04/07, 01:08 PM
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Look for teeny tiny black bugs - flea beetles. They'll leave your leaves lacy like that and they LOVE my potatoes.

If you find you do have flea beetles, neem oil will take care of them (for a while).
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Old 06/04/07, 01:58 PM
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Mine had that problem something awful last year, however in my case I do not believe it was flea beatles. Flea beetles make teeny tiny holes in potato plant leaves (at least in mine) and the monster that was eating my brussel sprouts started out like you described and then BAM! The whole leaf was gone except for the veins. I believe it was a cabbage looper or the cabbage worms, both of which can get these plants pretty good.
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Old 06/04/07, 02:11 PM
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You'll probably find an enormous fat green worm...

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Old 06/04/07, 05:15 PM
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Having the same problem with my Brussel Sprouts and Cabbage. Can't find any kind of creature anywhere around. No visible bugs, worms or caterpillars.
Starting to wonder if it might be grasshoppers. Seen more of them, earlier in the year, than I can remember.

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Old 06/05/07, 02:03 PM
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If you have green worms on them, spray with BT.

I have grasshoppers and they eat a hole in the leaf. I'd sure like to know how to do battle with those critters organically.
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Old 06/05/07, 02:13 PM
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The green worms are the larva of the cabbage butterfly. The butterfly is white and medium sized. If you see the butterflys you can bet you have the worms.
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