I usually have great success growing peppers. This year the plants have not grown at all since I planted them (2 months ago). The leaves have black edges on them and are curled sideways. I do rotate my crops and do not understand what is going on.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Betty from Slate Hill, NY
Betty, It's tough to say what is causing your pepper leaves to curl and growth to stop, but here are some possible causes that match the symptoms you describe:
Check with your neighbors and see how their peppers are doing. If they share your pepper problems, it's probably due to rainfall or temperatures. If not, you may want to contact your county extension agency about getting a soil test.
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I wish that I had an answer for you. I always grow green peppers without problems, and this year the leaves on mine are curled too. So are the leaves on the pepper plants of everyone that I've talked to in my town. I was wondering if it might be a blight of some kind. I've done just about everything that I've known to do and then some things that gardening books tell to do without much luck. By the way, I'm not a novice gardener and neither are many friends that I've talked to--many have gardened over 60 years. We're all stumped.
WOW! Finally someone else knows what I am talking about!! I planted 4 bell pepper plants and NONE of them have produced a pepper. One plant did bloom and then the bloom turned black and fell off. I have never had problems before this year. I planted sweet banana peppers and one hot pepper in the same area and they are fine. I was beginning to think I planted them too early. I would love to find out what the problem is.
I don't know if this will help but I heard that you should put matches in the roots because they are acid lovling plants, I 've never tried it but it's worth a try
The top set of leaves on my peppers have started to curl up and wilt, im not sure whether its the washing up liquid mixed with water to kill the green-fly or over watering. One of them has a white spot on it and the 'veins' in the leaves are going brown. ill try to get a picture uploaded.
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