Broccoli Plants
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Broccoli With Cut Leaves

Anonymous added on January 16, 2016 | Answered

What is causing my young broccoli leaves to be cut in a sharp, saw-like pattern? After an initial attack, the leaves have zig-zag patterns, with the upper part removed. The second attack takes the rest of the leaves down to the stalk. These are young plants, just transplanted into the earth, but I am also getting attacks in plants still in my starter trays. I have examined the leaves carefully and I do not observe any insects.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on January 18, 2016

Cutworms are the likely pests and Broccoli is a favorite food of Cabbage Worms, Aphids and Flea Beetles.

Treat with Neem Oil and you may want to use a covering to help protect your young seedlings and plants.

Here are some links to help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/common-broccoli-problems.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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