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DominiqueAdella
Apr 19, 2017 8:38 AM CST
I have Carolina reaper pepper seedlings. They're about an inch and a half - two inches tall. Recently I've been trying to harden them and get them used to the outdoors. Yesterday they were out for about 3 hours then went back under their indoor light. I checked them this morning and the leaves are curling inward and they are a lighter green than before. I don't know what to do :(
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DaisyI
Apr 19, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Was it windy? It looks like they got a little too much wind.
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DominiqueAdella
Apr 19, 2017 9:48 AM CST
It was pretty windy. It's frequently windy where I am so it didn't strike me at the time. But that's a good point. In that case, do you know of any solution to make them better so they don't die?
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DaisyI
Apr 19, 2017 12:38 PM CST
They will be fine. Find a place outside without the wind storm. Smiling (Good luck on that...) Make sure they are well hydrated before putting them out. Plants use a lot more water on windy days.

Run a fan (on low) on them while in the house under lights. It will help them get used to wind, build stronger stems and guard against mildew.

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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2017 5:17 PM CST
I agree

and, I would just let them get a little bigger before trying to harden them off and plant outside; I grew a couple of Reaper plants two years ago and they were pretty slow growing at first.

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RickCorey
Apr 20, 2017 3:38 PM CST
Sheltering from the wind would help, like positioning large objects upwind and downwind, or in an "L" shape upwind. Maybe some shade?

Also, if conditions are breezy, hot and/or dry, start hardening them with only one hour per day. I tend to carry trays indoors at night because it gets cold. Maybe you could put yours out in the morning and then bring them indoors when the day gets windy, for the first week or so?

Or, as suggested, harden them longer indoors, with a fan and lower humidity. More growing time will expand their root system, and that might help the leaves stay hydrated in a dry wind.

People tell me NOT to spray water on leaves on a sunny day. That would be one way to keep them from drying out so fast, but "people" probably know what they are talking about. Maybe water droplets focus the sunlight and burn holes in leaves??
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RickCorey
Apr 20, 2017 3:44 PM CST
@cycadjungle:

Tom, do you have any suggestions about hardening off Carolina Reapers? We thought these went out too soon into too-dry air, but what do you think? The photos are at the top of the thread.

@DominiqueAdella, if you're interested in super-hot peppers, you might enjoy this thread:
Vegetables and Fruit forum: Extra Hot peppers
The thread "Extra Hot peppers" in Vegetables and Fruit forum
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Ianchef1
Nov 24, 2017 11:48 PM CST
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Hi
I have this Carolina reaper plant , she was grown from seed , it was getting to cold on my balcony so I moved her inside , here are her first fruit but the colour doesn't seem right also the size

Any help please thank you
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Ianchef1
Nov 24, 2017 11:53 PM CST

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Hi
I have this Carolina reaper plant , she was grown from seed , it was getting to cold on my balcony so I moved her inside , here are her first fruit but the colour doesn't seem right also the size

Any help please thank you
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ctcarol
Nov 25, 2017 4:14 PM CST
It would help to know what part of the world you're growing it in.You can add that to your profile, or edit your post to include a location.

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