Container pepper plants

PepperNoobApril 28, 2012

I have several pepper plants I am growing and they are doing good. I was watering them once a day to once every two days which I guess was to much because leaves and pods were dropping. So when this started to happen I got a moisture meter to help me determine when my plants need to be watered. I have not watered them for around 7 days because the meter is still telling me that there is moisture in the pot. My question is this. Is my meter wrong and the plants need to be watered? Or when plants are over watered does it take them longer to dry out? I have read container plants need to be watered at least once or twice a week.

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ottawapepper

Forget the meter. Just pick the pot up, if it feels light, give it water. If it feels a bit heavy, give it a day.

It's not an exact science but you'll develop a sense for it with practice. While you're developing your sense, keep an eye on the plant. If it looks stressed, give it water.

Bill

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 8:19PM
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rwaters(7b)

I don't know where you are or what zone you are in but here in NC I can get away with watering them once a week or so in containers until it gets to high summer. then i have to water them every day when it is in the 90's and 100's.

Vaughn

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 9:20PM
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PepperNoob

Thank you for your replies. I am in GA and its around 80 degrees here. So maybe it is normal to stay moist for a week or longer. Thanks for the help.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 4:57PM
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tsheets(5)

Another way that really helps you gauge is using a wooden dowel / skewer / chopstick. Just push it in to the bottom of the pot, wait a minute or so, and gently pull it out. If it's wet / soil sticks to it, it's too soon to water. You can also use that method to know how light the pots are when you are sure they're dry.

a set schedule on when to water is pretty tough because there are so many variables. Early in the season, before the plant's roots have filled out the container, and it rains fairly frequently, you may not have to water very often. But, as the plant grows into its new home, in the heat of Summer, you may have to every day.

Follow the advise here and you'll have a good feel for it in no time.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 7:43PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Easiest way to tell (especially for larger pots you can't easily just pick up) is to watch for the leaves to start to wilt. Soon as they start to droop a little, time to water. If they're not drooping, they're fine, leave 'em be.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 10:28AM
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Spencers_Mom2(8 - Virginia Beach)

Not sure what your containers look like but wanted to share what I use. It's a self watering container that encourages root growth (you water from the hole in the side) and my plants love it. You save water since rain water is captured and doesn't just run out the bottom. I've been very happy using these and have had very good luck.

When the bucket gets light, just add as little or as much water as you need. I have a grape tomato plant in one but would not use it for a plant that will grow tall and that you think may be top heavy and can be blown over easily.

Anyhoo.. just sharing. :)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 10:39AM
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esox07 (4b)

Spencers_Mom2:
So, is there basically standing water in the bottom 2-3" of the bucket?

Bruce

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 11:38AM
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Spencers_Mom2(8 - Virginia Beach)

Yes, there is standing water and I have not had a skeeter problem in the past. I did however have a skeeter problem when I was collecting rain water one year. You can water from the top, it's not like there is a must-do set of instructions here but if you are going out of town your plants will have what they need.

Erin

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 11:59AM
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ottawapepper

Spencers_Mom,

I give up. What is the warning on the side? Don't plant babies sideways???

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 12:42PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Its a warning that small children can fall into the buckets and drown. They're naturally top heavy, see something floating in the bucket, lean over to try and grab it, and fall in head first.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 2:20PM
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ottawapepper

Just joking around. I got the jist of it right away... just thought it looked funny (size of baby to pot). Warped sense of humour I guess.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 2:52PM
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esox07 (4b)

I got a chuckle out of it Ottawa. The fact it was being used as a planter made the joke.
Bruce

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 3:10PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Well, its all your crazy canadians, no telling what passes for safety warnings up there. "Danger, do not bring within 50' of moose" or "Warning, do not mix with maple syrup".

=P

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 3:38PM
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ottawapepper

Yum, maple covered moose meat!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 3:54PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Although I imagine the image of a moose covered in maple syrup would be hilarious.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 4:20PM
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ottawapepper

True, a moose covered in maple syrup would be hilarious BUT, watching the moose deal with the person trying to cover it with maple syrup would be priceless.

Warning: Moose have absolutely no sense of humour.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 4:28PM
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Spencers_Mom2(8 - Virginia Beach)

Omg.. Lmao. I will never look at that warning the same again Bill and Bruce!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 5:01PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Wait, maybe its just a warning against child labor? I mean, looking at the picture again the illustration is clearly a bucket filled with soil and then topped with mulch, with a baby reaching in to plant something.

Remember folks, just say no to child labor. Unless its your own kids and you tell them they're doing chores. Then its perfectly acceptable.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 10:41AM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

You guys are priceless!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 8:58PM
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northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)

Priceless!! I am cracking up!! I did not even notice the warning.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 2:13AM
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ottawapepper

I may be wrong but I think we hijacked this post. Just sayin.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 7:11PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Nah, but you should definitely keep the moose out of that coffee pot. Last thing you need is a moose on a caffeine high.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 9:06PM
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ottawapepper

au contraire mon ami,

That's maple syrup, not coffee!

Sugar highs make them mean but the sugar hang overs make them down right ugly bad. Don't ask how I know.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 9:49PM
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esox07 (4b)

That sign means "Don't give alcohol to the Meese, I mean Mooses".

Bruce

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 11:05PM
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Spencers_Mom2(8 - Virginia Beach)

LMAO.. ya'll are cracking me up! I'm at work (working?) trying not to laugh at the comments I am catching up on!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 10:41AM
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peppernovice

@rwaters...what part of NC are you in? I'm in Lincolnton, it's about 20 minutes outside of Charlotte. This is my first year growing super hots. I didn't know if you had any tips considering we are in the same state. ( my apologies to poster.....didn't mean to hi-jack your thread.)

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 9:15PM
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