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What's happening to my Chocolate Beauty?

Posted by Tenmaru Oklahoma (My Page) on
Sat, May 18, 13 at 14:58


First off, I apologize if I should not have cross-posted (I have a thread in the pests and diseases section). I also know this is the "hot pepper" forum, but I feel this is alright.

I bought a chocolate beauty variety from an organic place here that is pretty able at growing things. It was already hardened off.

I planted my chocolate beauty one week ago, and it has a few issues that I just don't know what it could be.

A few of details: 1) it's in a container in which I accidentally had miracle gro in-ground soil (yesterday I switched to a mix of potting mix, peat, perlite, mixed into the in-ground to loosen it). 2)I sprinkled a small amount of bone and blood meal on the surface of the soil a couple of days post planting. 3) I found some aphids on one leaf after I noticed the problems, but not very many. I removed them. 4) I removed some really nasty looking leaves in the first pic, but the leaves are kind of deforming still.

I can't really find any pests and I'm not really sure what to make of what's happening. I really can't tell if this is blight--it doesn't quite look like it. I don't really see how a few aphids could do this, nor organic fertilizer.

Would a tight root ball have cause this? As a newbie, I was worried about tugging at the ball from the container I bought it in. When I replanted last night though, I tugged some roots out and ripped it a bit to encourage new, far-reaching growth.

Thank you!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: What's happening to my Chocolate Beauty?

Here it is today. I removed the bad leaves Weds or Thurs but you can tell the others are still deformed.

RE: What's happening to my Chocolate Beauty?

How old is it? Do you fertilize?

You mixed sapwood in with the soil - I don't see any pine bark at all. Sapwood isn't good. As it decomposes it draws up much of the available nitrogen. Pine bark doesn't (or not nearly as much).

RE: What's happening to my Chocolate Beauty?

Thanks for the reply, DMForcier.

1) I'm not sure how old it is, I bought it from a nursery and there weren't any dates.
2) I had sprinkled a very small amount of bone and blood meal on the top of the soil the second or third day after planting it in my container.
3) I used Miracle Gro In-ground--does that have sapwood? I then remixed with some organic potting soil and a bit of peat moss. Do you think it's a nitrogen deficiency then?

RE: What's happening to my Chocolate Beauty?

It looks like you are growing it in a bag sitting directly on the earth. If so, the heavier soils should not be much of an issue, as it is basically a raised bed now, not a container and the wicking effect of the ground will eliminate or drastically reduce any perched water table in the "container".

I think possibly over watering could be your problem. Don't Water them again until a good inch or two down is dry... Stick your finger in the soil to about the second knuckle, if it comes out clean, water.

One more thought

Don't remove any more "bad" leaves. The deformities are most likely due to nutrient uptake issues, probably due to over watering.

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