pepper leafs not doing so good

betlogsJune 23, 2008

growing peppers for about 1 week now in a dwc system. Using dyna-gro grow as the nutrient, ph is 5.5 - 6.0. Plant is sitting in rockwool surrounded with pellets.

Yesterday I noticed the leafs are starting to curl up and black and yellow spots are appearing on the leafs.

Any suggestions?

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mhargraves

A few questions:

* Are you doing drip or bath?
* How much nutrient solution are you using (how are you measuring your nutrients)?
* Is the plant indoors or outdoors?
* If Indoors, is their air moving around the plant?
* What temp is the plant in?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 3:06PM
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betlogs

* Are you doing drip or bath?

- bath

* How much nutrient solution are you using (how are you measuring your nutrients)?

- i'm using 1 tsp per gallon

* Is the plant indoors or outdoors?

- indoors in the closet with the door open so it wont be to hot in there

* If Indoors, is their air moving around the plant?

- I have a fan blowing on the peppers and lights

* What temp is the plant in?

- not sure actually

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 6:10PM
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mhargraves

Some things I would check:

How much air bubbles do you have in your bath? It should look like the water is boiling. Measuring the solution by physical amount seldom gives you what you want, you may want to get a meter and check how many PPM your solution has. For peppers it should be around 500 PPM. Temperature or Temp is pretty important, it should never go above 90 if you can help it, and for high temps like 85+, a fan blowing on the plants helps a lot. Water, before you put water in you bath and mix your solution let it stand overnight to rid it of Chlorine. Check you PH, keep it between 5.8 and 6.3 for maximum growth and health.

Just suggestions based upon what you said.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 8:49PM
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garysgarden

What kind of nutrients are you using? You need to run them below what's on the bottle for peppers. You might be burning them.

Also, how do the roots look?

More bubbles couldn't hurt, but may or may not be a problem.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 11:48PM
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chuck(Z10,SW FL)

It wouldn't hurt your plants at all to get a spray bottle filled with water and maybe half a tsp of dish soap. Spray the leaves once a day or so. Those spots look like some kind of critter attack. Even if it isn't, the mild soap solution will not hurt the plants, but it just might help. Don't forget the undersides of the leaves as well. chuck

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 5:40PM
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betlogs

*update*

well the pepper leafs seem to have improved right after I changed the water, adjusted the ph and added some nuts. Thanks for all that replied.

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    Bookmark   July 3, 2008 at 11:48PM
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garysgarden

Good to hear.

By the way, adding a little bit of soap to water the way chuck describes is also a common method to improve the performance of foliar sprays. It's called a "surfactant" and the idea is to break the surface tension in the water so that it won't bead up on the leaves. Beads of water act like tiny magnifying glasses that focus light and burn the leaves.

Plus, if you can spread the water out more thinly and completely you get more water in contact with more leaf surface, and more absorption. You can make a DIY foliar spray by mixing a very weak nutrient solution with a tiny bit of soap and spraying your plants with it.

The key to successful foliar feeding is to do it in the very early morning (very near sunrise) or just before sunset. You want a little light so the plant has power for its metabolism, but not so much light that it can heat the water up and hurt the plant.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2008 at 6:43PM
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