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Pepper plant died

Pepper, bell    MI

Does anybody know what might have happened to my Cayenne pepper plant? It was doing ok indoors over winter and started looking sickly this week. I think it has died. Any ideas?


Posted by: Abby (7 points) Abby
Posted: February 2, 2013




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Hi Abby
Very difficult to say. The soil looks like it has moisture but do check it by digging down a little and seeing if the soil was too dry. The leaves are rolled around which might indicate water or chemical stress. Those on the bottom are a bit brown which does indicate scorching. Was it too close to a heater? A closer picture would help make a better diagnosis.
Try watering it. Also cut of most of the dead leaves so the plant doesnt have to invest precious resources into those sickly leaves. It might bounce back. Put it on the sill of a south facing window and you might get some new growth.
Have you other cayenne pepper plants? What about your other houseplants?

Dont get discouraged and keep trying just imaging how nice the peppers will be in the end

UPDATE
Thanks for the close up. I would say that this plant died becuase of disease and Cayenne peppers suffer in nurseries from Verticillum and Fusarium. These are both fungi. There is also a bacterial wilt but that usually has spots on the leaf.

You should throw this plant and the soil in a sealed bag and then into the garbage. Not on the compost if you have one. Wash the pot and you can re-use.


Posted by: David Hughes (51 points) David Hughes
Posted: February 2, 2013


Abby commented,
Appreciate you help David, I have added some extra pictures to the original post to see if that sheds any more light. The cayenne was sitting next to my Italian pepper which is thriving. I bought this one in the summer from a nursery and it did always look a bit spindly

almost 7 years ago.

Abby commented,
Could it be related to the white stuff on my planters? I posted another pic in the general forum
almost 7 years ago.

David Hughes commented,
It is possible. See what I wrote there
almost 7 years ago.

deactivated commented,
The link to the post: https://www.plantvillage.com/posts/56...
almost 7 years ago.



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Probably root rot of some sort (Fusarium, Verticillium, Phytophthora, Pythium, Rhizoctonia, to name a few of the likely suspects), perhaps wilt (the close up stem shot shows some necrosis that might be indicative of Fusarium). Pull up the plant to see the what the roots look like. If they are brown and not white, then it's a root rot.

Either way, you won't be harvesting any cayennes from that plant. I'd throw out the plant and soil in garbage (not compost) and wash pot then soak in 10% bleach solution if you want to keep from getting the disease again.


Posted by: Russ Bulluck (2 points) Russ Bulluck
Posted: February 8, 2013




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Perhaps unlikely given that the plant looks so spindly but is it root bound? Doesn't look like a particularly large pot and it may have been difficult for the water to be taken up by the plant. Was the plant getting enough light? Peppers love lots of light.


Posted by: Maggie Muffins (8 points) Maggie Muffins
Posted: February 2, 2013




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