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2busygardening
Oct 9, 2011 6:58 AM CST
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Does anyone know what these peppers need? They are producing well, although the peppers are small. I am thinking nitrogen, but it that is so, what do I use?

Any help would be appreciated.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Oct 9, 2011 7:15 AM CST
Where do you live? (Members can more easily answer your questions if you add your location to your profile). Is your weather getting cool, days short? Peppers like heat and lots of light. They could be declining just due to short days and cold temps. Many plants do this at this time of year. Many perennials are going dormant for winter, annuals are fading and dying off as part of their normal life cycle.

That said, yellowing of leaves is a symptom of many plant problems- not enough water, too much water, lack of nitrogen, mineral imbalance...

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2busygardening
Oct 9, 2011 7:18 AM CST
I'm central Florida. Just North of Tampa.

We have had a lot of rain this summer. However, it did not affect any other plants.
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Horseshoe
Oct 9, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Definitely not a nitrogen problem.

Excessive irrigation could do that as could compacted soil. Both would inhibit uptake of iron giving you that chlorosis look to your leaves. Over use of calcium will do that as well, and over feeding of phosphorus, both blocking uptake of magnesium but unless you've really overdosed your plants those are just other angles to look into. pH would come into play as well.

If your growing medium is peat based, which so many commercial mixes are, and you've had lots of rain, then chances are your soil is compacted/flooded and your plant's roots are having a hard time with uptake.

Id' go with using a foliar feed of fish emulsion and/or kelp. This would provide nutrients to your plants, bypassing the root systems.

Shoe

2busygardening
Oct 9, 2011 3:28 PM CST
"""Id' go with using a foliar feed of fish emulsion and/or kelp. This would provide nutrients to your plants, bypassing the root systems."""


I don't mean to be such a newbie, but I don't know what this means.


I haven't fertilized with anything this year at all yet.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Oct 10, 2011 10:17 AM CST
2busy,
Foliar feeding is feeding your plants by spraying your plant food/fertilizer directly on the leaves of the plants instead of applying it to the ground. You can do this with fish emulsion, kelp, or even one of the "miracle grow" products, all available at most garden centers and big box stores.

Just curious, what kind of soil did you use for your containers and beds? And did you add any amendments to it like manure, lime, etc?

Shoe, wishing you a good time newbie gardening, quite often the funnest stage of gardening!

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