Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

gardenandlearn(SoCal 10b)July 25, 2014

All of the new growth is deformed and curling severely. I have not fertilized so it can't be a nutrient overload but I did mix a few tablespoons of coffee grounds. Could that be the problem? Will they recover?

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gardenandlearn(SoCal 10b)

It has some odd spots like these

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 7:50PM
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gardenandlearn(SoCal 10b)

Another view of a different plant

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 8:07PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Coffee grounds are too weak to do anything for the most part....

But the more important issue is that the plant is being infested by Leaf Miners. Remove any leaves with those tell-tale trails, and discard the leaves in a trash can (Do Not Compost).

Josh

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 8:43PM
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woohooman

Agree with Josh. However, since the plant has little foliage at this point, you may just want to squish them with your fingers until it gets more mature.

The leaf distortion...happens to me every year. I THINK it may be from herbicidal drift or herbicidal residue from my municipal compost Nothing to worry about when it's minor like yours. Doesn't look pleasing, but my plants produce many a pepper.

Kevin

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 9:15PM
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gardenandlearn(SoCal 10b)

Another view of the first plant

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:09AM
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gardenandlearn(SoCal 10b)

Ok thanks Josh and Kevin, I haven't found any small insects today so tomorrow will be a search and destroy mission! lol!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:12AM
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lazy_gardens

I see similar leaf distortion in the spring on peppers and basil, along with a few leaf miners. I ignore it.

The distortion is limited to a small proportion of the leaves - from the timing I think they are developing during a rapid change in weather and the changes in growing conditions cause erratic growth. Later in the season the leaves get back to normal.

The miners never damage enough leaves to cause a problem. I still get blooms and a good pepper harvest.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:24AM
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