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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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stunted pepper plants

I've always had great luck with peppers. Last year, the plants grew so big that the dead ones were still there and were solid enough to use for kindling. But this year, the plants just aren't growing. Most of them seem ok, a few are yellowing, but mostly they just aren't growing. They're blooming, some even have peppers growing on them, but the plants are only 6-10" tall. The plants are in the same dirt I used last year, and I used composted chicken manure and kitchen scraps, same as always. Anybody have any ideas?

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 04:29 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

Me too. Dads too. Too much rain.
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post #3 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 04:31 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

Yep, that is it.




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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 04:34 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

same issue here. Not much heighth or body to my plants. They have a few blooms but heck the peppers will be bigger than the plants
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Re: stunted pepper plants

Mine are all stunted, producing but stunted. Except for the Habaneros, I dont know if they have grown at all. Still nice and dark green but not doing anything

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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 04:58 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

mine are doing better now with the heat. Peppers need heat and humidity. You should pull off ALL blossoms now, so that all the plant energy goes into the plant, not the fruit. You'll end up with a few less fruit for the year, but you'll make up with it with larger, stronger plants and larger fruits at the end of the season.

You should also put about a Tablespoon of epsom salts around the base of the plant every 2 weeks, especially at bloom. Supposedly the magnesium in the salts helps the plant take up nutrients.

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post #7 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 05:06 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

Same deal here - figured too much rain. Same with our Basil, last year it was at least a foot taller and we planted it later last year.
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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 05:29 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

same problem over here! my one plant is doing awesome with used coffee grounds and a lil rain so give that a shot

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post #9 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 05:33 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

I have mine (basil and peppers- and everything else )on auto water- along with the rain and mine are growing like wildfire...especially the tomatoes- I have one that is 5' in diameter...
My topsy turvys suck tho- I dont think we will use them next year...
I do have a kung poa and a habenaro that are stunted for some reason...
My hungarian peppers have been producing for weeks.

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post #10 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 05:53 PM
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Re: stunted pepper plants

Jalapeno and cherry peppers doing okay. Bannana peppers plants are stunted. Tomato plants are bushes! Beans are producing.
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