How to save cabbage from caterpillars
Since time immemorial, cabbage has been a favorite vegetable crop in our country. It is difficult to imagine a Russian table without sauerkraut or stewed cabbage, borscht, cabbage rolls and all kinds of salads. Not surprisingly, many gardeners prefer to grow this crop on their own. The incentive for this is also provided by the great variety of varieties that have appeared recently - not only white cabbage, but also cauliflower, and kohlrabi, and broccoli ... However, it is not at all easy to grow a beautiful and large head of cabbage. And the matter is not only in watering and top dressing, which cabbage is very fond of. Cabbage has the most real enemies - caterpillars.
Caterpillars - a dangerous pest of cabbage
The most common pest of cabbage is a butterfly, cabbage. Of the eggs laid on cabbage leaves, caterpillars appear in a few days. They feed on the same leaf on which they were born, but with age, the speed of eating and the amount of food eaten increase greatly. And although they do not live long, only 2-4 weeks, but even during this time they manage to significantly spoil the cabbage crop.
The peculiarity of the development of the insect has been known to everyone since school: the caterpillar – pupa – butterfly, and then the cycle repeats. It is noted that during the summer, from 2 to 5 generations of this pest can appear and that those who have not eaten alone will eat up the following.
No less dangerous are the caterpillars of the cabbage moth and the cabbage scoop. All of them manage to breed several generations of caterpillars in one summer, causing great damage to the harvest of all types of cabbage.
Cabbage scoop is especially dangerous for cauliflower. Pest larvae penetrate the head of cabbage and gnaw through real labyrinths in inflorescences, clogging the entire space with their excrement.
Implementation of the main techniques of agricultural technology - weeding, loosening, hilling, thoroughly cleaning plant debris and digging the soil in the fall can significantly reduce the risk of unwanted guests, but, unfortunately, do not completely exclude it.
When the caterpillars appear, you should not wait for the cabbage to cope with the problem itself. This will not happen. Plants need help!
"Herold" - an effective weapon against tracks
Cabbage exuded by caterpillars is toxic and not suitable for food. Therefore, caterpillars must be fought, and they must be destroyed before the formation of heads of cabbage.
In order to notice the pest in time, after planting the seedlings in the open ground, it is necessary to regularly inspect the plants and take timely measures to destroy insects. A modern drug will help in this. "Herald" from the manufacturing company "August".
The unique mechanism of action of the Herald is directed specifically against leaf-eating pests. The active substances of the drug disrupt the formation of chitin, which leads to the impossibility of the formation and development of eggs and, as a result, excludes the further appearance of caterpillars. That is, the caterpillar - chrysalis - butterfly cycle is interrupted.
Gerold is an environmentally friendly drug. By destroying caterpillars, it does no harm to beneficial insects, predatory mites and bees. The use of the product is permitted in water protection zones of fishery reservoirs.
Method of application of "Herald"
If eggs or caterpillars are found, it is necessary to process the cabbage with the preparation as soon as possible. For this, a solution is prepared at the rate of 5 ml per 10 l of water. The contents of the plastic ampoule are first diluted in a small amount of water, then the water is brought to the desired volume.
“Gerold” is very economical - for processing 100 m² you will need only 4 liters of solution, and the processed cabbage will be protected for a rather long time.
In addition, the drug allows not only to cope with the caterpillars that appeared this year, but also significantly reduces their population for the next year. After processing, the caterpillars stop moving and eating, and when molting occurs, they die completely.
The diluted preparation is sprayed with cabbage, making sure that the solution also falls on the underside of the leaf. Processing is carried out in dry, calm weather, in the morning or in the evening. To completely defeat the tracks, you need to carry out several treatments.
Spraying can be done no later than 30 days before harvesting. The use of “Gerold” is necessary in accordance with the instructions, which describe in detail breeding methods, waiting times and safety measures when working with the drug.
To preserve the cabbage crop and destroy the caterpillars, use the unique effective Herold remedy from the August company. A good result with minimal time, effort and money is guaranteed to you!