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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jun 7, 2016 5:24 PM CST
So the pepper seedlings I grew looked great in their growing cells. A few weeks ago I planted them young, they went through lots of rain and now hot and humid weather. I don't see any aphids on them and I added new soil in the ground before planting, and the leaves are growing but grow in curled.

I've never had this happen so I don't know what it is? My tomatoes nearby look great.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 7, 2016 8:56 PM CST
Did you check the backs of the curled leaves for whiteflies, or spider mites Keith? Sometimes you can't see the spider mites without a hand lens, but if you run your finger along the back of the leaf and it comes out with a reddish or yellow stain on it, they are there.

Break out the soapy water spray, spray every surface of the plants in the evening, and rinse them off with the hose in the morning. Repeat the treatment in about 5 days and again in another 5 days to get the succeeding generations.
Elaine

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Jun 7, 2016 9:24 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Did you check the backs of the curled leaves for whiteflies, or spider mites Keith? Sometimes you can't see the spider mites without a hand lens, but if you run your finger along the back of the leaf and it comes out with a reddish or yellow stain on it, they are there.

Break out the soapy water spray, spray every surface of the plants in the evening, and rinse them off with the hose in the morning. Repeat the treatment in about 5 days and again in another 5 days to get the succeeding generations.


I will check for any stain and use the soap method!
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Jun 8, 2016 3:04 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Did you check the backs of the curled leaves for whiteflies, or spider mites Keith? Sometimes you can't see the spider mites without a hand lens, but if you run your finger along the back of the leaf and it comes out with a reddish or yellow stain on it, they are there.

Break out the soapy water spray, spray every surface of the plants in the evening, and rinse them off with the hose in the morning. Repeat the treatment in about 5 days and again in another 5 days to get the succeeding generations.


I rubbed the leaves and no color wiped off. This was after it rained, should I try another day when it's dry out?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 8, 2016 3:36 PM CST
Yes, mites do get washed off by a good rain, but they will be back once you get a spell of warm, dry weather. Is the curling and yellowing still getting worse?

To be honest with you, I spray my peppers weekly with the soapy water spray just as a preventative. It keeps aphids, whiteflies and mites from getting started. It's 1/2tsp. dish soap to a quart spray bottle of water, btw. Stronger isn't better, and it's pretty important to rinse the plants off if your watering system doesn't do it for you. Soap makes the leaves more sensitive to sunlight and can cause the leaves to burn in the strong sun of June.
Elaine

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
Vegetable Grower Garden Photography Hybridizer Spiders! Annuals Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
keithp2012
Jun 22, 2016 10:18 PM CST
The leaves are almost normal, they also were being underwatered and since watering enough I've seen a huge improvement.

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