Spiders eating my tomatoes

bayla(6NYC)August 31, 2005

Hi, I grew cherry tomatoes and "regular" size tomatoes for the first time this year. I have to say that they are all wonderfully delicious. I have noticed on the latest batch of larger tomatoes, that there were large single slashes in the fruit. I noticed a white spider in one of the slashes, and I assume that he is the culprit.

What is the suggested remedy? I don't want to use pesticides, chemicals at all.



Bklyn, NY

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suze9(z8b Bastrop Co., TX)

I doubt the white spider is the culprit. The likely answer is that you've got something else making or causing the slashes and the spider just crawled into one of them.

Could it be that your fruits are splitting or cracking?

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 5:25PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Spiders don't eat plants aor parts thereof.

Most likely the fruits are cracking on their own. The remedy? Harvest daily.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 1:15PM
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Not a chance the little feller eats things that do eat maters, "spiders are great.
I do know that some are bad in the wrong environment but I can only think of two.
Black widow and Brown recluse and your not likely to find them in the garden.
Folks I let these little guys crawl on me and have since I was 9 or 10.
I am as passionate about spiders as Tomato Worm 59 is about hornworms.
I just love the things.


    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 5:57PM
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jerseyboy428(z7 NJ)

I have the same thing that happens, but it is usually because the fruit is old. They either split down the side on the vine or after picking and letting them sit for a while.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 6:48PM
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