Bell Pepper Problems - Knowledgebase Question

Gold Canyon, Ar
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Question by adobecasa
May 26, 2010
I bought a Bonnie Yellow Bell Pepper plant on March 26, and it was the one in the best condition. Now it has yellowish, curling leaves. I haven't even gotten a blossom yet. How long is it going to take? And sometimes I find this green bug with clear wings that lands on my bell pepper plant every morning. What are they, what is wrong with my plant, and is it the soil? I am currently using Hyponex.

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2010
Yellowing leaves can indicate overwatering or soil that is not draining quickly. It's normal for the lowest leaves to turn yellow and die but you should be getting healthy new, green leaves at the top of your plant. Peppers love hot weather and will develop flowers when they think the weather is warm enough. The green bug with clear wings is called a lacewing. Green lacewings are beneficial insects that help keep your garden insect free by eating aphids and other pests. Try changing your watering habits - water deeply but allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again. I'm sure your pepper plant will perk up soon.

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