Seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Lynbrook, Ne
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Question by KDerenthal
April 17, 2010
I planted pepper seedlings about a month ago.They were growing well, but recently started turning yellow. A couple of weeks ago I gave them extra water before going away for a few days. Could this be the reason they are turning yellow? Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010
Overwatering can cause yellowing leaves but if the yellowing is only on the lowest, oldest leaves what you are seeing is perfectly normal. Pepper plants, and tomato plants, too, naturally drop their oldest, lowest leaves as the plants continue to grow and put out healthy new leaves at the top of the plant. As long as the yellowing is just the lower leaves, there's nothing to worry about. If the yellowing is all over the plant, it can indicate overly wet soils or a need for fertilizer.

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