Poor pepper plants

GoBruinsAugust 4, 2014

Hi,

New to gardening in general. I'm trying to raise super-hot pepper plants like Ghost, Trinidad, etc.

I've just never had much luck with them, and they all seem to falter in pretty much the same fashion. The leaves look stunted and pockmarked, and eventually all fall off.

I'm wondering if something could give me some clues. Pics attached. Thanks in advance.

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GoBruins

One more pic.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 11:32AM
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maple_grove_gw

Can you describe the growing conditions and the soil they're growing in? That will help with diagnosis.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 12:01PM
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GoBruins

So Cal. Been in the 90's. Plenty of afternoon sun. Don't know much about soil except that I've tried fertilizing with manure mix, Miracle-Gro, Kelp extract - none of it seems to be helping. I did sprinkle some Epsom Salt.

Sorry I can't be more specific. I'm not much of a gardener.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 1:24PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

I suspect that you're over-fertilizing.

Next time, try growing in pots with a commercial potting mix. And don't add anything but water for at least a month.

Did you start from seeds? If you did, then getting this far makes you something of a gardener.

Dennis

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 3:11PM
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maple_grove_gw

Hard to tell without more info but the best geuss is over-fertilization, combined with too much sun. Possibly watering issues (e.g. overwatering) may also be coming into play.

Peppers grown in-ground don't require much in the of fertilizer. Back off for a bit and see what happens. Maybe they'll bounce back.

Alex

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 9:06AM
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GoBruins

Thank you. I will cut back on the fertilizer and see what happens. I guess it might have been the Miracle-Gro.

With Kelp Extract, isn't it impossible to overfertilize?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:29PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

It's never impossible to over-fertilize.

In-ground, there is rarely a need to fertilize at all. Just let them grow.

Dennis

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 4:08PM
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GoBruins

Ok - thank you.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 10:58AM
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