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Post  LilNurseSteph on 4/29/2013, 10:12 pm

I bought a bell pepper plant the Monday after Easter. It did amazingly well for the first two weeks, and then it rained for 3 days or so and now it wilts when the sun hits it. It bloomed 3 peppers in the first two weeks, but now that it has been wilting, they stopped growing. I had it in a window box outside, thought it might be too small, so I planted it in another larger pot by itself. I have since moved it to the front of the house where it gets the morning sun until about 10 or 11, but is wilted again by the late morning. It perks up over night, but wilts daily. Please help!!!
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Post  FamilyGardening on 4/29/2013, 11:33 pm

since it perks back up at night...and wilts during the day....sounds like its getting to hot....can you move it to a place that has some shade during the hottest part of the day?

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Post  camprn on 4/30/2013, 7:51 am

Would you be able to post a photo? Are there any other symptoms besides the wilting? spots or discolorations on the foliage? What's the temperature when it starts to wilt? What did you plant it into?

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Post  LilNurseSteph on 5/1/2013, 6:06 pm

I don't know what the temperature was when I took the picture this morning before the sun hit it and before watering. I watered right after the picture was taken.
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And this picture it was 89 degrees outside and already had the morning sun for about 3 hours.
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Post  bnoles on 5/1/2013, 6:20 pm

It appears that it is planted in potting soil and has run out of nutrients. You need to add a big dose of compost and compost tea and NOW.

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Post  camprn on 5/1/2013, 6:29 pm

Yes, that plant is clearly stressed, you can try feeding it but the pot is actually pretty small. You may want to pot up = transplant it into a pot of Mel's mix or something with compost in it.

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Post  LilNurseSteph on 5/1/2013, 6:58 pm

@bnoles wrote:It appears that it is planted in potting soil and has run out of nutrients. You need to add a big dose of compost and compost tea and NOW.

Thank you!
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Post  LilNurseSteph on 5/1/2013, 7:02 pm

@camprn wrote:Yes, that plant is clearly stressed, you can try feeding it but the pot is actually pretty small. You may want to pot up = transplant it into a pot of Mel's mix or something with compost in it.


What is Mel's mix?? I have a larger pot that I just got yesterday. I'll put it in there. What all do you put in your compost? I've used egg shells, coffee grounds and some end parts of celery. I put it all in there on Monday with some Miracle Grow blue powder stuff that I mixed in the soil. Because I live on base, we're not allowed to dig/garden in the soil here because of some chemicals that had been detected, so I do have to stick to pots while living here.
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Post  camprn on 5/1/2013, 8:20 pm

@LilNurseSteph wrote:
@camprn wrote:Yes, that plant is clearly stressed, you can try feeding it but the pot is actually pretty small. You may want to pot up = transplant it into a pot of Mel's mix or something with compost in it.


What is Mel's mix?? I have a larger pot that I just got yesterday. I'll put it in there. What all do you put in your compost? I've used egg shells, coffee grounds and some end parts of celery. I put it all in there on Monday with some Miracle Grow blue powder stuff that I mixed in the soil. Because I live on base, we're not allowed to dig/garden in the soil here because of some chemicals that had been detected, so I do have to stick to pots while living here.

Oh Dear! Ok, here is a
link that explains what this forum and SFG is all about: Mel's Mix

Now onto helping your pepper plant...
The potting soil you planted in, what was it exactly?
The blue powder fertilizer, how did you use it, exactly?

You can certainly have a successful garden in pots, but there are ways to go about it that will give you success.

Do you have any gardening book? What are they?
We are here to help you, but I need to get a better idea of what you know.

For info about Composting read this extensive thread.
Composting 101

There are some of the best threads to be found on the main page, on the left side, click the hover tab.

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Post  LilNurseSteph on 5/1/2013, 8:48 pm

@camprn wrote:
@LilNurseSteph wrote:
@camprn wrote:Yes, that plant is clearly stressed, you can try feeding it but the pot is actually pretty small. You may want to pot up = transplant it into a pot of Mel's mix or something with compost in it.


What is Mel's mix?? I have a larger pot that I just got yesterday. I'll put it in there. What all do you put in your compost? I've used egg shells, coffee grounds and some end parts of celery. I put it all in there on Monday with some Miracle Grow blue powder stuff that I mixed in the soil. Because I live on base, we're not allowed to dig/garden in the soil here because of some chemicals that had been detected, so I do have to stick to pots while living here.

Oh Dear! Ok, here is a
link that explains what this forum and SFG is all about: Mel's Mix

Now onto helping your pepper plant...
The potting soil you planted in, what was it exactly?
The blue powder fertilizer, how did you use it, exactly?

You can certainly have a successful garden in pots, but there are ways to go about it that will give you success.

Do you have any gardening book? What are they?
We are here to help you, but I need to get a better idea of what you know.

For info about Composting read this extensive thread.
Composting 101

There are some of the best threads to be found on the main page, on the left side, click the hover tab.

I am a novice!!!!!
The potting soil I used was Miracle Grow Potting Soil.
The fertilizer I used was Miracle Grow All Purpose plant food and I just sprinkled a bit of it in the soil when I replanted it along with the egg shells, coffee grounds and celery.

I do not have any gardening book. When I lived in New Mexico, I just planted them in my little planters and they all grew and produced wonderfully! I love having a vegetable garden, but I've always just bought the small plants or seeds from the garden store and its grown. Once every week or two Ill add in that miracle grow fertilizer when watering. But I read somewhere else that someone had taken out their bell pepper plant, and rinsed off all the dirt on the roots and replanted it. That's what I did Monday.

For some reason though, my window boxes that have the zucchini, green onions, celery, cucumbers and jalapenos are doing amazingly well. My strawberry plant has pretty much died, it produced one small strawberry. And the manoa lettuce that I bought I thought had all died, but one did come back and is now doing very well since I did a makeshift shade for it.

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Post  camprn on 5/1/2013, 9:03 pm

Ok, I am going to give you some advice.
If you have some money, buy a basic gardening book and the All New Square Foot Gardening Book (which this forum is based upon).
A list of other gardening books.

If you don't have anymoney, get yourself to the library and borrow some basic gardening books.

Take your poor pepper plant out of it's pot. Dunk it's roots in a bucket of clean water and then plant it in another pot with just the potting soil. I think you overdid it and it needs to get into fresh potting soil. It may be suffering just from the transplant shock, but also it could be too much fertilizer.

It is most likely the blue fertilizer crystals are meant to be mixed with water. This is a clear lesson in one of my mantras, 'ALWAYS read and FOLLOW the label directions'.

Don't worry about it. We, all of us, make mistakes and you are learning.

There is a lot of info here and on the web but being a complete novice, it would serve you well to grab a book and start reading and learning.

I have confidence you may be able to save your pepper plant.
Everything else looks great!

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Post  LilNurseSteph on 5/1/2013, 9:12 pm

@camprn wrote:Ok, I am going to give you some advice.
If you have some money, buy a basic gardening book and the All New Square Foot Gardening Book (which this forum is based upon).
A list of other gardening books.

If you don't have anymoney, get yourself to the library and borrow some basic gardening books.

Take your poor pepper plant out of it's pot. Dunk it's roots in a bucket of clean water and then plant it in another pot with just the potting soil. I think you overdid it and it needs to get into fresh potting soil. It may be suffering just from the transplant shock, but also it could be too much fertilizer.

It is most likely the blue fertilizer crystals are meant to be mixed with water. This is a clear lesson in one of my mantras, 'ALWAYS read and FOLLOW the label directions'.

Don't worry about it. We, all of us, make mistakes and you are learning.

There is a lot of info here and on the web but being a complete novice, it would serve you well to grab a book and start reading and learning.

I have confidence you may be able to save your pepper plant.
Everything else looks great!

Ok Thank you Smile I'll do that tonight. Appreciate it greatly!
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Post  jazzycat on 5/1/2013, 9:30 pm

I LOVE what you did with the zucchini plant, and letting it roam all over the fence! That's awesome!

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Post  LilNurseSteph on 5/1/2013, 11:40 pm

@jazzycat wrote:I LOVE what you did with the zucchini plant, and letting it roam all over the fence! That's awesome!

Thank you! Actually, the one that is growing across the fence is the cucumber plant. Both the zucchini and cucumber plant are in that green planter. I honestly have never grown those before and didn't even read up on it to see how big they would be or how they will grow lol. Maybe I shouldn't have put them together, but I didn't know. Smile I just planted them and hoped for the best!
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