Rookie Grower: Jalapenos Dying :(

doups3June 3, 2011

Hey Everyone,

My wife finally talked me into helping with the garden this year. This is my first year gardening and the only thing I have a desire to grow is hot peppers. I filled up my half of the garden with Jalapenos, Habaneros, and Banana Peppers. :) Needles to say I've become a fanatic, checking on the buggers like 4 to 5 times a day.

I live in Utah and the weather conditions are not great, but I've read that you can grow peppers here. I bought the plants a month ago from the nursery. I took them out of their containers and planted them so they would have enough room. Now they are looking pretty sickly. They are brown/yellowish around the edges and starting to crinkle up. I've already had a few leaf casualties! None of them are over 6 inches tall. The tomatoes right next to them are growing like crazy which is making me really angry. I had heard that tomatoes and peppers should be treated fairly similarly (I have no idea though because this is my first year).

Any advice on what I might be doing wrong? Or what I could do differently?

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post up a picture of them and it will help everyone to diagnose the issue they are having.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 1:44PM
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Maters grow 10 times faster than peppers. They will smother your peppers if they are too close together. Did you start them in the shade or have they hardened off properly? Lots of questions. More info more better.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 4:21PM
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I suspect they were not hardened properly. You have to slowly introduce peppers to the sunshine and wind. Maybe an hour the first day, two hours the second and so on. If you just stick them into the ground, they will sunburn and die. Not all nurseries harden their plants, so it is cheap insurance to do it yourself once you get them home.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 1:26AM
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kosherbaker(LA CA-10)

Hmmmm. Usually plants sold by a nursery are hardened off, especially considering that they normally sit in the sun all day long at the nursery.
doups3 how often are you watering them?
How much water are they getting?
Are you fertilizing them?


    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 1:44AM
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I planted some pepper plants too close to tomatoes last year. The tomatoes definetly grow faster and more aggresively then peppers. And yes the tomato plants will block out the sun like Persian archers attacking the 300 Spartan defenders.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 2:09PM
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esox07 (4b)

As far as the tomato/pepper issue goes, the above are quite right about how most Tomato plants grow much faster and bigger than Pepper plants and will crowd out peppers if planted too close. But, you are correct in that they are very similar plants in many ways. Generally they are similar in nutrient requirements, pollination process, sun requirements, water requirements and so forth.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 9:24PM
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