Some Pepper Seedlings look sick

brianskiltonMarch 21, 2009

Guys, some of my pepper seedlings just look awful, and I don't think I am over watering. They have very small yellowish/green bumps on the undersides of the leaves and the leaves are kind of droopy looking. You cant see the very small bumps in the pictures really... Can mites really attack seedlings while inside? Here are some pictures:

Anyone have any idea what is going on? I am not sure what it is, but it could maybe be a virus?? Anyone know?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
macheske(6/7 NorthernVA)

I get one that looks like that every once in awhile when I bottom water. It's always the one that stays wet rather than dries out. I just pull it out of the tray and start watering it individually and it comes back most of the time. What is it planted in?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 7:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Well, the pepper seedling in the last picture is in a 24 OZ Yogurt container. I have more than one that look like that. I also have a pepper plant that is currently on its 4th or 5th set of leaves, and they are starting to look wavy and the seed leaves are curled (they haven't fallen off yet). What would cause the leaves to look all ripely and wavy? Oh and I am not bottom watering those, and I wait for the soil to dry out before watering.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 7:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
macheske(6/7 NorthernVA)

I just went and checked out mine. Some do have little bumps on the leaves. The bumps on the picture you show doesn't bother me much. I do have a couple that have the same "shape" as yours. They are the ones that were over watered. Do you have good sized drainage holes in your yogurt container? I'll watch this thread as well to see if someone can explain the bumps. Can you post a picture that shows the stem?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 8:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Here is a picture of the stem of the seedling that you saw in the third picture.

and here is a picture of my furthest pepper plant, that has wavy looking leaves, and curled seed leaves. He isn't looking that bad, but the rest of his leaves are looking wavy.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 9:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
macheske(6/7 NorthernVA)

The stem looks a little spindly. The bottom picture looks much better. I'd say, give it some time and make sure you don't overwater it.
Good Luck,

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 10:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I would say not to worry about the curly leaves. I've had that with Habs and some other plants where it seemingly was just what it wanted to do. As long as they are deep green and growing just fine, then they'll be ok. The leaves should lighten up the color if you over water them to the point they hate it.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2009 at 2:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Looks like it might be a calcium deficiency.

Check out this site and scroll down a bit to see the photos.
Good Luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics of calcium deficient pepper plants

    Bookmark   April 12, 2009 at 2:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jimcanada(z3a sw Sk. Ca.)

I have had a similar problem in the past and it was a condition called edema. Check out this website.

Here is a link that might be useful: edema

    Bookmark   April 12, 2009 at 5:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I had a similar problem I think it was caused by over watering. The leaves that had this unfortunatly shriveled and died but the problem now seems to be resolved :D

    Bookmark   April 12, 2009 at 8:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jimcanada(z3a sw Sk. Ca.)

biggestdav,that is an excellent picture showing a leaf with edema.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2009 at 4:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks Jim!

I took it on one of the very few days of sunshine we get here in England using an Olympus u720SW camera


    Bookmark   April 13, 2009 at 8:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Biggestdav, that is exactly what was happening to mine...Edema eh, never have heard of it. It is nice to know what it is. Most of my pepper plants are recovering so that's good. Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2009 at 7:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'd suggest checking for mites w/ a 10x magnification just to be sure.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 3:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

This is my first post, so I say 'Hi' to everybody at the GardenWeb.
I am am from Germany (so sorry for my bad English) and grow Chile peppers the second season now.
I started my "Chili pepper gardener"-career in the last year with a few plants in my parents' garden. During the winter I really missed my peppers and so I started to build a simple hydroponic system (i will show that in a separat thread).
One or two month ago I saw that underneath some leafs of my hydro-black hot hungarian there were things that looked like small crystals. Now almost every leaf has that "crystals". While I searched the web I found this forum and I Think that my plant could have this edema problem. Please look here:

I started to improve the ventilation of the plant and the symptoms became better. There are no leafs that look like the first picture, but a lot leafs look like the second one.

What really shocked me is that one of the seedlings for the new season that I grow right next to the hydro plant shows these symptoms also since today:

Could you please tell me if you also think that all this is a cause of emdema? Or is there another more serious problem like fungi? What can I do to fight that? Will the edema do any harm to my plants especially the seedlings? Edema isn't contagious, is it?
Thanks for your help,


    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 4:11PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Tip for burning hands from working with hot pepper
I'm sure this tip has been addressed but had to share...
Why did my Habaneros and Scotch Bonnets grow like this?
Good evening, I planted and have been growing for habanero,...
Hate the new layout
How about you? Usually, I don't care, but this blows. Kevin...
have 3rd generation hot bell (jalepeno bell cross)-- seed swap
need bhut jolokia/ghost pepper immediately- it's getting...
My first kinda hot
I believe this is a Mako Akokasrade. Its about 2.5...
Sponsored Products
Tiny Small Vessel Sink | Ultra Modern Design Vessel Sink
Sue Ann Dining Chair - LIGHT GREY
$1,055.00 | Horchow
Classic Home Furniture - Sydney 72" Dining Table In Brown - 51004471
Great Furniture Deal
Levolor Perceptions Soft Vertical Shades: Sheer
Crosley Collegiate Portable Turntable - CR6010A-RE
$139.99 | Hayneedle
36 Inch Stainless Steel 50/50 Double Bowl Zero Radius Well Angled Design Farm Ap
eModern Decor
Balancing Act Shelf
$64.99 | Dot & Bo
Bimbi White Band Bath Bar by Oggetti Luce
$510.00 | Lumens
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™