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Greenville SC
Jul 11, 2017 11:15 AM CST
We just bought this carolina reaper plant from a nursery over the weekend and alot of the leaves appear to be wilted and curling up and some of the leaves have like a brown color to them on the bottom of the leaves. Any idea what this would be? The nursery was very hot but from what we have read they require alot of sun and heat. I'm not sure if this is just from too much heat/sun or if there is some type of bacteria or calcium deficiency. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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Name: Sandy B.
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Jul 11, 2017 3:57 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Kbaucom .

Were the plants out in the open, in full sun, at the nursery? If not, they might have needed to be "hardened off" (gradually acclimated) before putting them out in the hot sun. If that's the case (and I'm only guessing that it is), it would probably be best to put them in a somewhat sheltered area for a week or so to give them a chance to recover. Smiling
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Jul 11, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Hi and welcome. I'm not familiar with that plant, is it a hot pepper plant? But the leaves look like they've been damaged by some aphid or spider mite activity. No aphids visible in your picture, so maybe the seller has already treated the plant, and it will recover. Check the undersides of the leaves by rubbing with your finger for spider mites. If they are there, you will come away with an orange stain on your finger.

The leaves get that twisted, crumpled look when they sustain sucking insect damage at a younger stage. You can also see those "burnt" looking patches. If the new leaves grow out looking normal, then the problem is already resolved.

I would just keep an eye on it, and if you see any more aphids appearing on the growing tips, or mites on the undersides of the leaves, give it a thorough wash with your hose on the soft spray or mist setting. The aphids will wash right off and they generally won't return. You will need to do this every few days for maybe a week, to get any new ones that may hatch, though.

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Name: greene
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Jul 11, 2017 4:43 PM CST
Not knowing how this plant was transported from the nursery to your home I can only ask...

Was the plant exposed to high winds while in transport? Some people bring plants home in the back of a pickup truck and the plants experience windburn. Or, even if inside the car with the windows opened, the plant could suffer from too much wind.

That's all I can think of.

Good luck and hope your plant bounces back soon. Thumbs up
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Jul 11, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Hi KBaucom, Welcome! from me too!

Your Hot Chili Pepper (Capsicum sinense 'Carolina Reaper') does look like it's had some insect damage. I think I'd take it back to the nursery and ask for a replacement!

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Name: J Erb
philadelphia area,USA (Zone 7a)
Jul 19, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Curled up leaves on pepper plants is usually due to over watering... let it dry out, peppers love that, their roots will grow deeper in search of water, giving you a stronger healthier plant. ;)

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