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Apr 24, 2018 8:12 AM CST

Hello,

I have a pepper plant that was doing great until about a week ago. One morning I noticed that the leaves on the top have started to curl. Soon after, the older leaves started to get yellow and fall off. Now they also have some brown spots on them.

My first thought was that this is the work of insect pests, so I sprayed it with an insecticide that I bought from the plant nursery nearby. However, the health of the plant didn't improve at all. It also stopped growing as well.

What could it be and what can I do to get it healthy again?

I have attached 2 photos with how the plant looks at the moment.

Thank you!
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Apr 25, 2018 8:06 AM CST
Name: Tracy
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dennda said:Hello,

I have a pepper plant that was doing great until about a week ago. One morning I noticed that the leaves on the top have started to curl. Soon after, the older leaves started to get yellow and fall off. Now they also have some brown spots on them.

My first thought was that this is the work of insect pests, so I sprayed it with an insecticide that I bought from the plant nursery nearby. However, the health of the plant didn't improve at all. It also stopped growing as well.

What could it be and what can I do to get it healthy again?

I have attached 2 photos with how the plant looks at the moment.

Thank you!
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Welcome!
I cant grow anything in pots so my first thought is get in it in the dirt. The pot does look small. Hopefully, someone better at growing veggies in pots will comment soon!
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Apr 25, 2018 8:14 AM CST
Name: Tracy
Bryan Texas (Zone 8b)
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Ps, plants will sometime react this way to heat stress and uneven watering. Peppers can be sensitive to this. I see it is on a patio. What zone are you in? Could be a lot of heat from the tiles reflecting back and making it hotter than the air temperature.
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Apr 25, 2018 11:46 AM CST

I did think that the pot might be the problem, as when I planted it for the first time it was very small, but it grew. Unfortunately I don't have any patches of soil where I could plant it straight into the ground, my garden is all tiled. At the moment the temperature here (in Spain) is 22 degrees during the day and around 14-15 during the night. I have been watering it every day as the sun has been quite strong lately.
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Apr 27, 2018 3:02 PM CST
Name: Ed
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Deleted: For some reason I thought they looked differently. My peppers had kind of sunken in spots on the leaves last year, but they were healthy green. I'll let one of the more educated/experienced gardeners comment on them. Sorry for adding noise to the conversation!!! Smiling
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Apr 29, 2018 7:38 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
What direction does your patio face ?
Does plant get late afternoon sun ?
Do you have a patio cover ?
Pictures would help alot.

Watering everyday, shouldn't be necessary, tells me it's drying out.

It's probably rootbound, and can't retain water. Watering should only be necessary ownce every two or three days at most.

Get it into a permanent pot. I'll say a five gallon pot, or buckets are cheep. They don't like to be transplanted. Also ! make sure pot has DRAIN HOLES !!!

Move it to a spot that doesn't get latter part of day blasting direct afternoon sun.

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Apr 30, 2018 8:34 AM CST

Thank you for the advice. The patio does get sun all day long, from about 11AM until 7PM. I have started using a fertilizer last week and today I have noticed that there are two tiny leaves developing on the top. I will add some more tonight, and see the evolution.
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