Answer: It sounds like you have been taking good care of your new plants, and while heat certainly stresses them, it would not cause the symptoms you described. Instead, it sounds like it is suffering from a disease or infection which may have been exacerbated by stress. You might wish to take a sample to your County Extension (654-9854) for a definite identification of the problem and suggested controls, if any. In the meantime, avoid wetting the foliage when you water, trim out and pick up and remove any damaged plant debris to try to limit reinfection and clean your tools in a solution of bleach and water as an added precaution. Good luck with your plant!
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