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May 10, 2020 4:12 AM CST

I've been trying to grow Bell Pepper (red) plants however ever since repotting the plants the leaves have started to turn yellow (bottom upwards). I planted each plant in a decent amount of fertilizer about a week 1/2 ago, the leaves started to turn a bit yellow a few days after, since then I added coffee grounds to help with nitrogen deficiency however the problem is still prevalent. I'm growing these inside and have tried to make a greenhouse-like setting to help it grow. Any ideas what's causing the problems?

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Milpitas, CA
May 10, 2020 1:03 PM CST
What is your watering routine?

Did you grow these from seeds? Or buy them as starter plants?

How much fertilizer did you use, compared to the instructions? Did you have fertilizer before repotting and then mixed in some again?

How much coffee grinds did you use? We're they used or fresh?

The overall health does not look bad. Very good, in fact. The two bottom leaves are starter leaves, and all plants shed them eventually.

Are there more yellow leaves now? Are these pictures current? I see healthy plants.
May 12, 2020 10:01 AM CST
Watering routine - as soon as they look like they're wilting, or if/as soon as the soil is dry 2 inches down.

The coffee grinds were fresh - watered into the soil, around a handful for each plant.

The bottom part of the pot is composed of soil from the garden whereas the other half is composed of "barky" compost.

All of the pictures are current, I was unsure as the discoloration (as seen in the second picture) is slightly affecting the higher up leaves and again the smaller bottom leaves are turning completely yellow.

Sorry for the late reply and thanks for all the help!
May 14, 2020 7:24 AM CST
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May 14, 2020 7:50 AM CST
I agree that your pepper plants look really good. I think that you are over reacting a bit.
When you transplant things, we must expect a little set back, a little leaf loss. But you are using compost to boost nutrients. You added fertilizer to boost nutrients and you added coffee grounds to boost nutrients. It is just TOO much fertilizer.
Peppers like warmth and sun. If they don't get those things, they sulk, they slow down. You can not make up for a lack of sun and warmth with fertilizer.
Fertilizer is meant to enhance good growth, NOT to create good growth!!

Knock off the fertilizer. The compost should be enough,
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