Yellow leaves on young Habanero Pepper plant - Knowledgebase Question

Marina, CA
Question by icruz0
June 22, 1999
My young Habanero plant has leaves turning yellow. I started it from seed and it is about 3 inches tall and is still indoor. What causes the leaves to yellow? I have it in a west facing window that gets afternoon light and heat.

Answer from NGA
June 22, 1999


A few things might be keeping the peppers from thriving. First of all, peppers need regular moisture, but do not enjoy wet feet. The soil should be well drained and the plants should only be watered when the soil just begins to dry out. Also, peppers are heat lovers, and even if your weather has been warm, if  the plants are indoors, that may be a problem. Peppers need all day sunshine throughout the growing season. Try to place your plants in a sunny outdoor spot, even if only on a deck or patio during the daytime. Changing the immediate environment around your pepper plants should help them perk up.

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