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Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

Posted by gardenandlearn 10b (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 19:47

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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RE: Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

It has some odd spots like these


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RE: Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

Another view of a different plant


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RE: Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

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


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RE: Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

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


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RE: Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

Another view of the first plant


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RE: Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

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


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RE: Help!! Jalapeno leaves deforming! Multiple pictures attached

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.


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