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Question: A week ago I planted 3 bell pepper plants in a large container, I also planted a banana pepper plant and a jalapeno pepper plants in a container of the same size. They were doing fine until recently when I moved them into a summer location not far from where they were located. The jalapeno plant wilts, even though I water the plants every morning around 9. The plant perks back up once I water it again. One of the bell pepper plants has wilted drastically and no matter what it do it doesnt seem to want to perk up, even though the other bell pepper plants are doing beautifully in the same pot. Also, the banana pepper plants does not have as dark green folaige as the other pepper plants, and the tips of some of the leaves have turned brown. Is there any reason why these things are happening, could it possibly be too much contact with florida heat?

Answer: Teresa,

Something is wrong in the root system of those pepper plants. It could be that the growing medium is too loose and airy, causing it to dry out quickly. I suggest you move them to a larger container as those plants can quickly fill a container with roots and dry out faster if the container is not large enough to accommodate them. Try locating them in a spot with lots of morning to midday sun but a little late day shade to help reduce the need for watering also. Fertilize weekly with a soluble plant food such as Miracle Grow following the label rates. They should be fine.

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