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Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

Posted by OjoVerde (My Page) on
Fri, May 13, 11 at 16:02

Hi, we're growing our first pepper plants (in containers). Our Jalepeno and Pablano look great, but our New Mexico Big Jim looks totally depressed. The leaves are light green with yellow blotches, and what worries me the most is an inch of stem at the top that turned blackish brown. Is she dying? Does anyone know of anything I can do to help her?

I got them as babies. They got too wet in the beginning and I had to emergency transplant them into soil that drains better. The roots were mostly (but not completely) still white. They perked up immediately, but the Big Jim has never looked 100%, and seems to be worsening.

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Thanks for any help and suggestions!

Here is a link that might be useful: Sickly Big Jim


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RE: Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

Maybe a phosphate/nitrogen deficiency. Add some bone meal and that should help. The blacking on the stem looks normal to me. Hopefully the experts will chime in with better advice. You may also want to take that lil pepper off so the plant can focus on growing larger which in turn will equate to a larger yielding plant. I usually add a couple table spoons of bone meal and work into the soil.Oh and the bone meal i use has 13% phoshorous 4% nitrogen. Usually greens them up in a week or two.


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RE: Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

I sure hope it's normal! My peppers have that, most of them. The Hot Cherries are far more black in fact but look healthy otherwise.


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RE: Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

Ay, caramba! Have I been freaking out over something completely normal?! AWESOME! I hope you guys are right. I'll pick up some bone meal asap. Gracias amigos!


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We Hope!


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RE: Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

Ay, caramba! Have I been freaking out over something completely normal?! AWESOME! I hope you guys are right. I'll pick up some bone meal asap. Gracias amigos!


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RE: Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

That's a normal condition caused by exposure to the sun and you don't need to do anything


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RE: Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

man, had me scared for a minute there. Being new to the pepper growing myself, for a second I thought there is somethign wrong with EVERY ONE of my pepper plants


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RE: Blackening stem on New Mexico Big Jim- HELP!

Oh my goodness, sorry for the scare guys... my plants had such a traumatizing beginning with all the wetness, wrong soil and transplanting that I was certain they were dying. I guess I was just looking for signs of death. Thank you so much fiedlermeister. I'm ecstatic to see a stem that looks like mine with a little pepper growing beside it!


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