planted row of tabasco pepper plants ,next day all leaves from all plants...

Asked June 12, 2014, 12:28 AM EDT

planted row of tabasco pepper plants ,next day all leaves from all plants were gone only stem left.It was a row of six plants.

Jefferson County Texas

3 Responses

There are many caterpillars that eat on plants, I've included a link to an article that will shed some light on the problem. Peppers & tomatoes are in the same family: nightshade. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/Gardening-Handbook/PDF-files/GH-014--tomato-hornworm.pd...

I suspected caterpillars ,but have never known them to eat a row of plants in one night.I bought larger plants about 6 to 8 inches and covered them completely with 7 dust and that night all plants had no leaves and just stems.One plant of jalapenos was left with loads of 7 dust on it .The next morning all leaves were gone.Have not seen any bugs or worms on plant before leaves disappeared.

I reassigned your question to Harris County since they have more Horticulture agents there so maybe they can shed some light on what happened...