Peppers in Containers - Knowledgebase Question

Atlanta, GA
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Question by kays
May 26, 1998
We have planted a variety of pepper plants (bananna, jalepenos, bell, chili) in large clay pots on our patio.
The plants were very healthy before being planted, but now the leaves are turning yellow and dropping. I do not believe we are overwatering - with no rain in 15 days, we have watered 2-3 times per week. I didn't think that peppers liked too much fertilizer, but is it possible that we need more for containers?

Answer from NGA
May 26, 1998
Keeping the soil consistently moist is the key with container gardening. It sounds like 2 to 3 times a week may be okay, but since you're in Georgia and I'm sure it's hot already, you may need even more water. Check with your fingers. If the soil is dry down to your knuckle, then water. Also mulch the soil with bark chips or hay to conserve moisture. When fertilizing try using fish emulsion or seaweed mix. They are a good way to get the pepper leaves to green up. They both contain small quantities of highly available nitrogen. I assume you're using regular potting soil and the containers are atleast 10 inches in diameter. Clay does dry out faster then plastic and it will heat up, so keep the soil cool with morning waterings.

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