Home Remedy for Insects on a Tomatillo Plant

Overview

Tomatillos are small grown tomatoes native to Mexico and are members of the nightshade family of plants. Tomatillo plants are annual and grow best in moist soil and full sunlight. While growing tomatillos in your garden it's important to try to protect the fruit from common insects, like snails, slugs, spider mites and stickbugs. You can avoid these pests easily without using strong insecticides by using organic products like sabadilla dust or cool running water sprayed from a high-pressure device.

Step 1

Use a shepherd's hook to hang your tomatillo plant on. Keeping the plant off the ground will prevent snail and slug damage.

Step 2

Spray water from a bottle all over your tomatillo plant daily, especially on warm summer days.

Step 3

Add cool running water to a high-pressure water sprayer if you notice the presence of spider mites. Don't add any chemicals to the water that could affect your plant.

Step 4

Spray the high-pressured water beneath the plant and on the back of the leaves. Make sure that all of the bugs are sprayed off in the process.

Step 5

Wear protective gloves and pick off any stickbugs using your hands. Spread a thin layer of sabadilla on the surface over the leaves after the fruit begins to ripen.

Things You'll Need

  • Shepherd's hook
  • Water bottle
  • High-pressure water sprayer
  • Protective gloves
  • Sabadilla

References

  • Burpee: Tomatillo Toma Verde
  • Iowa State University: Tomatillos
Keywords: tomatillo plants, high-pressure sprayer, spread sabadilla dust

About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.