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Name: Susan Pingitore
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SusanPing
Jul 1, 2017 9:31 AM CST
My Melrose Pepper plant's leaves are starting to curl and shrivel. I've inspected the leaves and see no signs of insects. The plant is just starting to bear fruit. Can you tell me what I should do?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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DaisyI
Jul 1, 2017 2:17 PM CST
That looks like thrip or aphid damage. But if you aren't finding any sucky bugs, you may want to do some reading on pepper plant diseases. Mosaic comes to mind.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 2, 2017 11:21 AM CST
Did you maybe use too much fertilizer? If so water them a lot.
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robynanne
Jul 5, 2017 12:56 PM CST
With it localized to the newer leaves and not the 'adult' leaves, that makes me think bugs. Aphids are hard to see and come in 8 billion different forms, including a VERY annoying ROOT aphid that you will never see above ground.

Maybe try some neem and see if it helps, or use a damp rag to wipe the underside of the leaves off.

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