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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Can
sthornton5454
Jun 9, 2020 7:52 AM CST
Hello everyone,

The scotch bonnet plant you see in the attached pictures was store bought and transplanted into a pot on June 1st. We have noticed in the last few days it has begun to turn slightly yellow on certain leaves and has some minor tears/holes in the top leaves primarily. We put fertilizer spikes in the soil with it a day or two after transplanting (I believe the fertilizer sticks were 10-10-10).

Just looking for any tips/tricks for this plant as this is me and my girlfriends first year gardening and as such are looking for any information some more seasoned gardeners would be willing to share! One major question we had for this plant especially is do we need to do any trimming/pruning and if so when/how? We live in zone 4b if that helps (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada).

Any information is greatly appreciated!

Cheers,
Scott
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 11:25 AM CST
Welcome!

Did you read the bag your potting soil came in to make sure it didn't already contain fertilizer? If it did, try to find those fertilizer stakes before your pepper is over-fertilized.

A plant growing outside always has nicks and bumps so don't worry about that. Don't overwater. Over all, your pepper looks good. Peppers thrive on heat and sun; the hotter the pepper, the more heat it requires.
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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Can
sthornton5454
Jun 9, 2020 1:07 PM CST
Pretty sure we used miracle grow soil which I assume would have some fertilizer in it but I did not check this. I only put in 1 fertilizer stake as opposed to the 4 I believe it said to use (and the fertilizer spikes said they break down and release nutrients slowly so I figure it shouldn't get over fertilized this way, I hope lol).

Yes we try to move the pot into the sun as much as possible, hoping this cold front we have moving in later this week doesn't hurt it (supposed to go down to around 4 Celsius at night for a couple nights). Would you recommend bringing the plant inside maybe for these type of cold snaps?

Thanks Daisy!
Scott
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 4:41 PM CST
I would take out the fertilizer stake. The fertilizer in the Miracle Gro is probably sufficient for the entire season. If you do decide to use the fertilizer stakes in the future, crumple them up and sprinkle them on the soil. The problem with them is one section of the roots is over fertilized while the rest of the roots don't get anything. Plant roots only feed the part of the plant directly above them.

That temperature is not overly dangerous for a pepper plant but, put a bucket or a cardboard box over it for the night. Peppers are perennial so, you can treat it like a houseplant in the winter and put it out for the summer.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Can
sthornton5454
Jun 9, 2020 5:17 PM CST
Ok thanks again for the tips. This is our first season gardening with a raised bed and about a dozen pots of fruits and veggies so I'm sure we'll be learning lots over the growing season!

Cheers,
Scott
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 6:47 PM CST
I hope you get some peppers! One more tip... If you can find some red plastic, cover the soil around the peppers and tomatoes. They love the color red and it will warm the soil.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Can
sthornton5454
Jun 10, 2020 6:38 AM CST
Like around the base of the plant on top of the soil? Right now we have some mulch around the base (got it free from a local program that chips up peoples old Christmas trees and gives the mulch away), to basically help with weeds and protect from soil splashing up onto leaves when watering or it rains. Could we wrap some red plastic on top of the mulch if I can find some?

Thanks!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 10, 2020 11:00 AM CST
Yes.

Or you could go this route:

https://garden.org/ideas/view/...

They are pricey but last forever.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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