pepper plants - Knowledgebase Question

Port Saint Lucie, Fl
Question by burford1985
April 24, 2010
i planted about 5 different pepper plants from green bell to hot salsa peppers they were all doing fine and flowering until know they seen to be wilting they get watered about every day and the ground is moist well past 2 inches my tomatoes are doing great planted in same garden what am i doing wrong or not doing

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010


Pepper plants are susceptible to insect and disease problems but generally you see symptoms or signs on one plant before the others are affected. Since all of your pepper plants seem to have the same problem, and it came on suddenly, I suspect the problem is cultural. Water stress or perhaps an over application of fertilizer? I can't really diagnose the problem without seeing it so I can't really guide you in terms of what you need to do = or not do! Watering every day seems excessive to me, even in sandy soils. Unless your vegetables are growing in containers and the soil dries out everyday, they shouldn't be watered so frequently. Most vegetables will do well with one deep soaking per week in the spring and two deep soakings per week during the hot summer weather. When you stick your finger down into the soil to check for moisture, it should be damp but not soggy wet. Try adjusting your watering schedule. If the pepper plants have not suffered root rot they should perk up. If they continue to wilt even after you've reduced watering, they may be too far gone to save. I hope your plants recover!

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