big bertha peppers???? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dliebert
May 25, 2010
these have been planted about 2 wk's. the leaves are curling up & falling off?? hope someone can please help!! Thank's

Answer from NGA
May 25, 2010


There can be a number of possibilities for pepper leaf curl. If the leaves are curling inward they may be responding in self-defense to conserve water and dropping a few to ?lighten? the load. Less exposed leaf surface will transpire less moisture. As the summer progresses and temperatures get hotter, plants will use more moisture to maintain the fruit and leaves. Leaf Roll can indicate environmental problems such as uneven watering , prolonged wet soil, drought, high temperatures or herbicide damage. Since frequent watering leaches nutrients from the soil, you may need to fertilize a little more often.

Several viruses spread by aphids can cause puckering, upward leaf curl and distortion. Once you remedy the environmental problem, (barring viral disease) the leaves should uncurl. If the leaves are curling down- look for aphid on the underside of the leaves.

Hope this information helps you determine just what might be happening with your pepper plants.

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