Plant Status - 17 Aug 2013

By: strid3r , 10:16 PM GMT on August 17, 2013

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Our plants have been happy with what little rain we have received this summer. The sage plants are now three years old this month. The basil planted this Spring has been thriving with the heat and sun, along with the dill and parsley. And, to no surprise, the chilies planted this May are bearing fruit. We are keeping the thyme inside since they don't look sturdy enough to be in full sun with the heat.

But last night, something ate a few whole chilies off one plant, leaving one half-eaten fruit behind...I don't know what we have out here that would eat them, and the plants are too high for javelinas...a bird or a caterpillar? If you know what they made be, pls comment!

I haven't seriously try growing tomatos here. I took an old store-bought tomato that we couldn't use, broke it up flesh and all, buried it shallow in a planter two weeks ago. I now have lots of seedlings sprouting. wow! This should be interesting...

- Bill

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9. strid3r
1:48 AM GMT on August 24, 2013
Hahaha Skyepony, you just may be right! And like calpoppy had mentioned, it's odd we would get a bird attack at night. Or maybe our desert animals are not satisfied with this summer's rain and they are looking for new sources of moisture :)
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1:31 AM GMT on August 24, 2013
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7. Skyepony (Mod)
1:48 PM GMT on August 23, 2013
Your chilies is a mystery.. Not much touches those.. Maybe the hornworms are mad your coming tomato feast isn't ready yet.
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6. calpoppy
11:08 PM GMT on August 22, 2013
Glad it hasn't happened at again. Odd that it would be a bird, because it happened at night. But whatever it was at least they have not feasted on your Chile peppers again, lol!

I garden in the high desert and we have critters all over the place that love veggies! My garden looks like a prison, lol!
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5. strid3r
4:32 AM GMT on August 22, 2013
My original working hypothesis was a chili eating bird because the damage was on only one plant, no leaves affected, and only 2 1/2 fruit located high up on the one plant involved. And the whole event happened only on one night and never before for the past five years.

Others have reported various issues with plant attacks, including chilies. But a couple comments here sort of match our issue here .
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4. strid3r
3:49 AM GMT on August 22, 2013
Thanks calpoppy. Fortunately no fruit damage to the chilies since that one night. We have no mice, the snakes and hawks keep them at bay. We see an AZ type squirrel rarely. I'm used to hornworms day and night when growing tomatoes in NH, but never ever seen them here. We've been checking the chili plants each night since that one night.
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3. calpoppy
11:59 PM GMT on August 19, 2013
Rats, mice and squirrels will eat chile peppers. Hornworms are very large worms that will actually eat the whole plant and the peppers. With the hornworms if there is that much damage to the fruit you would see the worms. Go out in the evening or the early morning and if they are there you will see them toward the tops of the plants. They can be up to 3 1/2" inches long!!!
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2. strid3r
1:59 AM GMT on August 19, 2013
Thanks GardenGrrl, all I can really think of is a chili loving bird... never happened to them before, only the leaves once in a while...
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1. GardenGrrl
10:24 AM GMT on August 18, 2013
There you are in the desert with plants flourishing and mine have languished all summer here in Texas.

Might have to move to Arizona to get better plants ;)

Don't know what ate your chile, have never had anything bother mine before.
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