Peppers Are Not Doing Well

achang89(Z6)July 13, 2014

I planted a few kinds of hot peppers, Jalapeno, Habanero and others. For some reasons, they are not doing well. I do not see insects. They are watered well. In general, they do not well grow much, leaves coming off often. They set fruits, but not many. Here is a picture:

The front are Habanero, back is Jalapeno.

Do you think they need more water? Or the clay soil is the problem? I grew some peppers last year and they did much better than this year. Not sure what I can do now.

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tomt226

Try some Miracle Grow Tomato fertilizer. Mix a tablespoon per gallon of water and pour it around and on the plants. The leaves absorb nutrients too. It's called a "drench." Needs a couple of weeks before you'll see results.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 6:42AM
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willardb3

If you use too much nitrogen, your next posts will be about flower drop.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 9:23AM
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achang89(Z6)

From reading some forums, it appears the new clay soil bed is to blame. It certainly does better after a long soak from the rain, but not from hose water. It is too late to amend the soil and I'll try to put on more mulch.....

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:32AM
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achang89(Z6)

Actually I was wrong. The clay soil is not to blame. Blame the bugs.

When I touched the plant, a lot of little bugs flew away. They are tiny light colored things, maybe light green or so. Can't tell.

Closeby, I have 3 Greek basil plants and they attract even more bugs. I think some are leaf hoppers or so, the tiny green bugs.

The bugs suck off the leaves. The leaves fall.....

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 1:40PM
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