The Q&A Archives: Anemic Pepper Plants

Question: This year our sweet pepper plants are very anemic looking. They were started from Burpee seeds. They did not grow very much since they were planted the beginning of June. We have had a lot of rain. I feed them Miracle Grow as I have in the past years. Our ground is composted and mulched.

Answer: Peppers do not like wet "feet." Excess moisture makes it hard for them to absorb nutrients, so even though you're feeding them regularly, they aren't getting the benefit. Ideally, peppers should have well-drained soil, such as provided by a raised bed, or sandy loam. They also need even moisture, so a combination of a raised bed with mulch would be best for them. As the rains slow down and the soil dries to normal, they should green up. Until the soil has drained to a normal state, don't bother to fertilize. Best of luck!

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