Lettuce Plants

Veggie Plants Cut Off at Root Line

Anonymous added on March 21, 2014 | Answered

I have many plants - lettuce, squash, pakchoy, chard, etc. - in my cold frame greenhouse being chewed off right at the root line. All of a sudden the plant wilts and when you touch it, you find it has been cut off from its roots and is dying. I checked your site and it looks like it could be root maggots perhaps. However, it is a clean cut and no identifiable bugs. Sometimes it seems like there may be many tiny tiny bugs at the root line. Can you help?

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Answered on March 21, 2014

This damage is caused by cutworm. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/get-rid-cutworms.htm

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