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12 years ago

Hi, I would like to introduce myself and hopefully get a few tips from all of you. Been lurking for a few weeks, every time I have a question this site pops up so I thought it would be wise to join.

Anyhow, this is pretty much my first season extensively growing chili's. I've grown some Jalapenos before but that's about it as far peppers go. I would like to share some photo's of my peppers and hopefully get some insight on a few problems I am having.

Currently I am am growing Bhut Jolokia, Chocolate Habanero, Jamaican Yellow Scotch Bonnet Habanero, Caribbean Red Habanero, Jalapeno and Tepin. Soil is regular potting

soil mixed with 15% Miracle grow potting mix. I water about every three days. I'm in Florida so it's pretty hot and the soil dries out quickly. I amfertilizing every 14 days with a 30-10-10 through the vegetative cycle to try to get the plants as much height and leaf growth as possible, then changing to a 15-30-15 for bloom every 14 days.

Problem #1: Leaves twisting and flipping over.

Jamaican Yellow Habanero #1 June 9th, 2010

As you can see the bottom leaves are flipping over. They stay healthy but flip and twist over.

Leaves twisting over.

Jamaican Yellow Habanero #1 June 22nd, 2010


Now this photo is a bit misleading, doesn't have the flipped over leaves but

I pruned most of them.The spots are from the spraying of leaves with a 1 part per 150 10% calcium


Jalapeno #1 June 9th, 2010

Notice the same twisting and flipping of leaves, leaves are also being chewed

up by something.


Jalapeno #1 June 22nd, 2010

The spots are from the spraying of leaves with a 1 part per 150 10% calcium

solution. I did not prune any leaves on this plant and some of them seem to have turned back over from

the spraying with calcium..

Close up of twisting leaf and chewed up leaves.

I read that distorted leaves can be due to a calcium deficiency hence the

spraying with the solution but did lot's of searching but could not find this exact problem. Anyone able to help?

Problem # 2: Wrinkly leaves.

Bhut Jolokia #1 June 9th, 2010

Notice the wrinkly leaves.

Bhut Jolokia #1 June,22nd, 2010

They seem to have flattened out a bit after the calcium spraying (were even

more wrinkled in between dates of photos).

So I applied the same calcuim solution to try to get the leaves to normal. My next step is to

spray with a soapy water solution incase it is aphids. Any help or pointers would be appreciated.

Problem #3: Misshapen leaves.

Red Habanero #2 June 9th, 2010

Looking pretty decent, a bit wrinkly.

Red Habanero #2 June 22nd, 2010

Oh no! Wrinkly and a very misshapen leaf.

Applied the calcium solution but other then that I have no idea what may be going wrong.

Problem #4: Yellow between veins.

Tepin #1 June 9th, 2010

Notice the yellow between the veins.

Tepin #1 June 22nd, 2010

Looking pretty good, good growth but:

Still yellow between the veins....

I read that yellowing between the veins could be a number of things but I though it looked most like a magnesium deficiency.

I added 1 teaspoon of magnesium sulfate to every pot just today.

I apologize for the huge first post and all the pictures. Thanks for looking and any help would be greatly appreciated. If

you would like to view all of my pepper photos you can click on this link:



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