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  • Unusual Leaf Wilt

    Created by novbre on

    Hi, I am having an issue with several of my pepper plants this year that I haven’t come across before. I am growing 9 different varieties of peppers and have about 30 plants in one raised bed. A week after I transplanted them out into the beds I started seeing some leaves on a few plants that had wilted. It’s weird because it wilts from the tip towards the stem and there is a darker green line all the way across the leaf along the wilted edge. The wilt effects about 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaf while the remaining portion of the leaf remains completely normal. If I leave the leaf on the plant, the wilted portion turns brown and crumbly by the next day. I pick the leaves off when I see it now, so I don’t know who it progresses after that.

    The first couple of leaves I saw like this, I dismissed as the leaves having been broken turning transplanting. It’s been a week since I transplanted now, and I am seeing more leaves with this strange wilt that can’t be chalked up to broken leaves during transplant. It doesn’t look like Fusarium Wilt or Anthracnose. Google didn’t help in identifying the issue and I’m not sure where else to turn!

    If it helps, I am growing in a 20″ deep raised bed of mushroom compost and mulched with organic chopped straw. I’ve checked the soil moisture (the bed is watered under the straw not over head) and pH, both of which are in “ideal” ranges, and they get plenty of light. I am in central Florida so the soil is warm, and the days are hot lol! The peppers were hardened off for a month before being transplanted so I don’t think it’s heat stress related.

    Any ideas on where to look to identify this problem would be awesome!

    ~ Novbre

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