Habs dropping leaves

Phildeez(9b)April 25, 2011

I potted a couple fairly large Orange Hab plants a few weeks ago that I bought from a garden supply near me.

I pruned the tops and there is plenty of new growth but the large main leaves that were on them to begin with are

yellowing and a few have dropped. They are down to only a few original leaves, but plenty of small new, healthy growth.

Why might this be happening?

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simsedward

Make sure you have them in large enough pots with a fast draining gritty mix. Yellowing and dropping sounds like too much water to me.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 8:16PM
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esox07 (4b)

Your description of symptoms are classic symptoms of too much moisture. I think simsedward is correct.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 11:25PM
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Phildeez(9b)

Well the odd thing is that I repotted them into the 5-1-1. That is when the original leaves began dropping. The new growth is thick and dark green, I wait until it is dry about 1-2 inches down to water. I did goof and underdosed the lime significantly, 1/3 of recommended.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 12:50AM
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Phildeez(9b)

Well the odd thing is that I repotted them into the 5-1-1. That is when the original leaves began dropping. The new growth is thick and dark green, I wait until it is dry about 1-2 inches down to water. I did goof and underdosed the lime significantly, 1/3 of recommended.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 2:05AM
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Phildeez(9b)

Could nights under 50 degrees do it if they came from a greenhouse?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 2:57PM
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romy6(9)

For sure. Sometimes when i pot up my peppers i have leaf drop but they always come back. Add a little bone meal and some garden lime. Very small amounts. And only water when soil is super dry or leaves droop. PS peppers donot like temps below 50 or above 90. Picky little buggars.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 11:00AM
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willardb3

You may be paying too much attention to the buggers. Leave them alone, chiles want to live and are quite hardy.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 8:07AM
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Phildeez(9b)

I just figured it out. The complex just started the hot weather lawn watering schedule which is like every night. Gotta move it away from the sprinklers I bet. That means they have been getting soaked during 40 degree nights and then sitting there uncovered. Doh!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 1:41PM
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