Something Eating Your Cabbage and Broccoli Plants? Cabbage White Butterflies Are Often To Blame

If you are trying to grow cabbage and/or broccoli in your garden (maybe for the first time), it is likely that you have found these caterpillars devouring your would-be dinner. These almost cute green guys are the caterpillar of the Cabbage White butterfly and they are hungry. They love to eat cabbage, broccoli, and other brassicas.

We decided to try growing cabbage as part of our fall garden. Well it didn’t take long before holes started appearing on the leaves. I handpicked the critters off (and fed them to the chickens) but was surprised at how many I collected. I haven’t resorted to chemicals yet. Apparently there is an organic Bt (Bacillus Thuringiensis) spray called Dipel (Brand name) which is a microbial spray that will kill the caterpillars. I’m still hoping I won’t have to resort to spray; even if it is organic.

Check your plants daily and hand pick off any of the caterpillars you find. You must check daily!
Other critters like to munch on your greens such as slugs (see my post on slugs) and other caterpillars. You will need to pick those off too.

3 thoughts on “Something Eating Your Cabbage and Broccoli Plants? Cabbage White Butterflies Are Often To Blame

  1. Brett

    I use a pump water sprayer and spray the leaves. The caterpillars fall off the plant and I remove them. No chemicals just water.

  2. Marlene

    Do you put anything around the cabbage as its growing so it will form a head like tape or soft string?

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