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It's a virus, right?

Post  elliephant on 7/31/2010, 12:26 pm

I have huge (4-5 ft tall), strong, bushy pepper plants that I have been keeping going though the hot summer, waiting for it to cool down so I can get peppers again (haven't been producing since the beginning of June).

But the leaves are turning yellow and you can see the vein patterns and I'm pretty sure they got a virus in the last aphid attack.

I'm going to have to pull them out, right? It's such a shame to see these big strong plants that have produced so very little! My hot pepper plants seem fine, but it was the bell peppers I wanted most!

On the other hand, that will free up a lot of space so I can get going on my fall garden...

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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  Chopper on 7/31/2010, 12:40 pm

I don't know what is wrong with them, but a) even if healthy they may not produce again and b) sometimes it is better to just start fresh - and more exciting.

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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  camprn on 7/31/2010, 12:45 pm

Have you fed these great pepper plants any fertilizer? Peppers are pretty demanding for nutrients and may be hungry. Very Happy then again, like Chopper says, might be time to start anew.

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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  elliephant on 7/31/2010, 12:47 pm

@camprn wrote:Have you fed these great pepper plants any fertilizer? Peppers are pretty demanding for nutrients and may be hungry. Very Happy

You know, that is the one glimmer of hope that I have...I think I will try that for the next couple of weeks since it's still a bit to early to put in much else anyway...it's amazing how big they've gotten and March was a long time ago, so that would make sense.

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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  elliephant on 7/31/2010, 5:53 pm



I just don't know what to do! I went out there to feed them and found that the aphids are back yet again! But I also found a ton of new growth and buds and even some flowers. We had a few days of cooler weather last week and some rain just about every day and the plants are responding SO well...I'm just dying to see what they will do in September when temps drop just enough.
BUT I only have 2 boxes that are 2x8 and the peppers are taking up 13 squares...more if you count the fact that I have 6 along the front of one box and I can't really reach the back because of them. I didn't mean for them to dominate so much of my garden, but the pack of 6 I picked up back in the spring turned out to be a pack of 8, which had more than one plant in a few squares, and then there are 2 hot pepper plants.

Basically I'm just going crazy trying to decide if I'm ever going to get anything out of these stupid plants that have grown so well, but have not been productive. It will rip my heart out to rip them out, but I also don't want to miss out on anything else I could be growing.

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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  camprn on 7/31/2010, 7:59 pm

The solution is simple...Shocked you need more boxes Razz


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Post  Chopper on 7/31/2010, 8:26 pm

@camprn wrote:The solutions is simple...Shocked you need more boxes Razz

+1 = oh yeah!

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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  Shoda on 8/1/2010, 12:39 am

Oh my goodness -- 4' tall pepper plants! My largest pepper plants are only a foot tall and have yet to give me anything. I have one small green pepper on one plant but it is about the size of an egg. I didn't even know they could grow that large.

If your plants are that big, I wouldn't give up yet. Try fertilizer and see if you can spur them to fruit.

I found this link that might be helpful. Looks like Peppers don't like nitrogen that much. This guide recommends 5-10-10 fertilizer. Maybe this would help.

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/vegetable/pepper-fertilizer.htm

Good luck. Hope they start producing again for you.

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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  elliephant on 8/3/2010, 5:07 pm


This is what I'm concerned about. And the next picture is why it is so hard to think of ripping these plants out. Sometime next month the temps will get back down to the range that the sweet peppers like and I would love to see them produce again. But I don't want to hold up all that space if they aren't going to. If only my Home Depot order had come through (and I had gotten back to CVS before the 90% off stuff was gone)...my birthday is coming up and I'm asking for compost Shocked Laughing




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Re: It's a virus, right?

Post  camprn on 8/3/2010, 5:20 pm

I would just prune off all foliage that is looking nasty and drying out like that, then give the plant a gentle feeding with water.

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