Problem with small red bell pepper plant

lonelylib81October 23, 2012

Hello,

I am new to this forum. Sorry, but am not able to post a picture at this time. Anyway, I have started a container garden on my back patio. I am having trouble with just one plant in one of my half whiskey barrels (holds 5 cubic feet of wet soil mix). In this barrel, I have two new tomato plants (bought from store two weeks ago) and one red bell pepper plant (bought it and planted it one week ago). The leaves on the red bell pepper plant have started to wilt and droop while keeping a perfectly green color. I see no remarkable spots on them. The tomato plants seem to be growing an inch a day. I have noticed, however, a white-to-yellow colored ring on one of the leaves of the tomato plant. I am watering these plants plenty. (~2 gallons/day, or until water starts seeping from the bottom)

If anybody could give some pointers I would really appreciate it.

Thank You.

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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

I'm going to guess that you are overwatering the plants. Generally speaking, bagged potting soil doesn't drain well and you are giving those plants quite a bit of water.

On another note, I think it's a little late to be planting tomatoes and peppers even in sw fla.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 12:36AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

I'm going to guess that you are overwatering the plants. Generally speaking, bagged potting soil doesn't drain well and you are giving those plants quite a bit of water.

On another note, I think it's a little late to be planting tomatoes and peppers even in sw fla.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 12:38AM
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lonelylib81

Oh I am using a potting mix, not a soil, and it has plenty of vermiculite. The home depot garden guru said these can be planted all year round in florida.
Another thing, when I took the plant from its original container it was in good shape. When planted it in the mix, this is when it happened. Do you think it's possible that there was too much fertilizer in the mix?

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 2:12AM
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