Will my pepper plants survive?

cuatro4lifAugust 21, 2012

So I've got several pepper plants currently growing. One Serrano, Two Poblanos, Two Jalapenos. They've been chugging along during this hot summer but just two weeks ago I went on vacation and didn't water them for a little over three days. When I got back they looked rough but were still green. I watered them like I normally would but about a day or two later one of my Jalapenos and one of my Poblanos died. All of the other ones that are still alive have lost almost all of their leaves. But all three (Serrano, Poblano and Jalapeno) still have green stems. I'm nervous about what will happen next to them. I had a great crop of peppers out of all the plants over the spring and I was looking forward to the fall but now I'm just trying to do what I can to keep them alive.

Any suggestions on watering? Fertilizing? or Trimming of them at the moment? I know there is a lot of shriveled up ends on the stems and I'm not sure if its better to cut of those ends or not.



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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

If you've got green stems and (some) green branches, I'd give them a few days to see how much dies back, then cut off the dead stuff. I have two pepper plants that almost died, but came back to life and new growth after water and pruning. Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 9:13PM
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Quick follow-up question. Whats the appropriate way to trim back these pepper plants? I see a lot of green branches but they all have brown shriveled ends. Is it better to cut off just the brown part? Or trim the branches back to the stem? Just not sure whats best to induce growth.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 11:47PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Prune at a Y intersection and cut at a slight angle so water does not sit on the cut.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 8:12AM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I'm not picky; I just cut off the dead part. Of the two I saved, both have lots of new green. Don't cut back to the stem!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 8:07PM
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