What's eating my okra seedlings?

annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)May 17, 2009

I've tried to start okra about 5 times, and something keeps eating the leaves before the plant gets big enough to survive the damage. Big pieces are being bitten off, so it's either a bird, rabbit or caterpillar. I had no idea okra leaves tasted so good. Has anyone else had this problem?

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Have you tried a row cover yet? Oddly, fireants go after okra. A row cover won't stop them. Are the remains of the leaves ragged or neatly eaten in half circles. The neat damage is usually done by caterpillars.
Any tent caterpillars around? Are you also growing corn? Might be an early crop of corn ear worms hatched.
I googled and didn't see anything specific except the ants and the ear worms.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 10:27AM
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