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Name: JESSICA WILLIAMS
VA (Zone 7b)
Jessleigh24
Apr 10, 2017 11:38 AM CST
I planted my green pepper plants last night they were beautiful green and I put them into the ground with the Miracle Gro garden soil for vegetables and herbs first thing this morning they were all turning yellow and like burnt black in the middle and a lot of leaves burnt crispy and black falling off
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Apr 10, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Were they started indoors? If so, did you gradually get them used to being outside and in the sun before planting them, e.g. set them outdoors for a short period each day gradually increasing the length of time they were out? Also did you water them well before planting, and water after planting?

It looks rather sunburned to me so without more information my initial guess is that they went out into full sun for a whole day straight from indoors.
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DaisyI
Apr 10, 2017 1:39 PM CST
I agree with Sooby. They are burned. Either sunburn or chemical burn. Was the soil you planted it into dry?
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Name: stone
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stone
Apr 10, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Where are you?
I went to a local farmers and crafts street function over the weekend...
A couple venders had tomato plants.... They were like a foot and a half tall!

I didn't say a word to the vendors.... Those plants had obviously just come out of the greenhouse.... Where they hadn't received half enough light...

Plant any of those sorry plants, first sunny day would kill them.

I agree with the rest.... The plants needed to be "hardened off".
You could try re-pot them, and place in shade... see if they recover.

Our tropical sunlight makes transplanting a lot more work than they have to do up north....
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 10, 2017 3:41 PM CST
Do you know how cold it was over night, Jess? To be burnt that quickly to black, my first thought would be cold damage.

You do need to gradually acclimate your plants to outdoor conditions, and then watch the weather forecast carefully whenever you are setting out transplants. If the night temperatures are forecast to be below about 50deg. F you will need to protect transplants with some sort of light covering. It just traps some heat around the plant from the warm soil. A milk carton, small box, light piece of cloth tent.
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DomehomeDee
Apr 10, 2017 3:51 PM CST
I have to admit reading this angers me. When you buy a vege plant you expect it to be "outdoors hardy". I personally have had enough trouble with acclimatizing that it just seems wrong to sell someone a plant that is going to burn first day. So sorry your plant is unhappy.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 10, 2017 4:20 PM CST
Dee, it really depends upon where you buy your plants - places like Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe's get a truckload of new plants on Thursdays (for example) and they probably all came right out of a greenhouse. They can't help it, have to take whatever they are sent, and have to sell the plants as fast as they can, of course.

Lesson to learn, is to buy your transplants from a real nursery, where they will be more likely hardened properly to grow outdoors.
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Name: JESSICA WILLIAMS
VA (Zone 7b)
Jessleigh24
Apr 11, 2017 9:41 AM CST
Well I bought them from the store and they were beautiful green and I kept them outside for about a week before I even planted them and it only got down to 40 degrees one night since I've had them all the other nights it was in the fifties but the soil was very very wet when I planted them when I opened the bag of soil it was like dripping wet like maybe the rain had soaked it but I thought it would be fine but yes they had been outside a few days and the change only came the next morning after I planted on the night before
Name: JESSICA WILLIAMS
VA (Zone 7b)
Jessleigh24
Apr 11, 2017 9:44 AM CST
Also I am positive there burnt either by son or chemical Daisy could it be that happened because the soil was so wet like maybe I put too much chemical at one time should I dry the soil out before planting next time but then I was thinking if I water right away does that even matter if I drive the soil also I'm in gloucester va
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tarev
Apr 11, 2017 9:53 AM CST
Sometimes, it only takes one cold overnight to really injure a plant, especially a new transplant and compounded by fertilizer burn if applied way too early before the plant can adjust to its new growing area.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Apr 11, 2017 12:32 PM CST
Jessica : hi 😁
40 f. Wouldn't do that.
Sunburn ! Out ! Been acclimated.
Whats that leave ! Fertilzer burn.
I never fertilize untill plants start growing a few or more weeks. There in shock and soil ther in has been fertilized. When transplanting, use
B-1 or fish emulsion for shock. Diluted as directed it wont burn.

Soggy driping soil is not good, but It wont burn. Let soil dry some next time. Soggy soil can compact easy and not alow air to roots.
Good luck ! I hope they recover. Thumbs up
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