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old leaves turning yellow, what's wrong?

Aloittaja skatchina, marraskuu 17, 2010, 12:34:26 ip

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skatchina

hi,

here is my situation:

a few years ago, I went to Mexico and I bought there a pimento. (it was green when I bought it, if my memories are right). I opened it whit a knife and took de seeds out. I left it dying under the sun and took it back home.(after putting my finger in my eye and crying for a moment of course but that's another story)

I germinated some a few months ago and put it in coco peat (NPK 14-15-14 I think), in quite small pots.it grew quite well, under a 125 W envirolite (spectrum adapted for growing) . A week ago, I looked under the pots and saw that the bottom of the pots were full of roots. so I decided to repot them in bigger homemade pots (old 1L milk cartons I washed), still with the same soil.
for a few days now, I find the leaves are quiite light green/yellow and some of them already fell. (to be honnest, I can't remember if the yellow color appeared befor repoting).

I usualy grow other plants than chile and when leaves turn to light green/ yellow, the reason is often either a lack of place for the roots, either a deficiency in N.

I watter my plants twice a week and I gave them biogrow (1mL/L) last monday. I must say my biogrow bottle is 3years old, and I don't know if it's still ok.

Could someone explain me why my plants are turning yellow?

Thank you.

PS: I took a photo but I don't understand how to post it on this forum? must I host it on another website?

Skatchina
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ottulo

Is the plant still getting enough light? Remember the bigger they grow the more they need, so if you depend on lamps you might want to add more or cut the plant down a bit. The other possible reasons are lack of fertilizer and overwatering. Do you let the soil dry properly before you water it? The soil can get very dry. I water my plants when the leaves get soft so that I can be sure I'm not overwatering. I do not know much of fertilizers, but you may want to try something newer if the above suggestions don't help.

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skatchina

marraskuu 17, 2010, 19:51:30 ip #2 Viimeisin muokkaus: marraskuu 17, 2010, 20:27:22 ip käyttäjältä skatchina
thank you for answering.

I think they got enought light, they're still under the 125W envirolite, at almost 7cm of the lamp, in général (for other plants I mean) it's OK...

overwatering is a possibility. I'll try to let it dry a little more next time.

I'm quite satified by my fertilyzer, and it's the one that advised fatalii.net.




to post a photo, I must host it on another website so... like imageshack, right? this forum doesn't host photos by itself...

thank you.

if someone else has another opinion, I'll gladly listen to him.

bye

edit: I try posting a photo I put on imageshack, let's see if It works.

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/3549/101117103519.jpg

wouhou, it works!

so maybe will you also see the youngest leaves are curved on the sides

thank for helping.

Skatchina

PS: my growing space is really small, so I'd like to keep my chiles small directly, make bonchi directly, without let them grow to a bush size... my pots are quite  tight, do I have to do seomthing special? I saw "cutting the leaves to keep it small", but it lokks strange to me... any tip I should know?

thanks again.

ottulo

Wow, that chili has very big leaves compared to the overall size!
Doesn't seem like a problem with light at least. Going by Fatalii's instructions on how to use the fertilizer (or the instructions on the packaging) should be ok. I am not sure what exactly makes the leaves like that, but it doesn't always harm the plant. My Naga Morich made similar looking leaves, but it is still one of the healthiest chilis I ever had.

I have noticed that keeping chilis in small pots will keep them a bit smaller. I think letting them quite dry also slows down the growth. I have grown most of my plants in milk cartons as well, and they have all remained at a reasonable size. If they seem to grow too big you can cut the tips of the branches or even the stem, as long as there are some leaves left. I was slightly scared of cutting them at first, but it really does help a lot, and the plants grow very well. The picture below shows how big my plants grew this summer. The leftmost chili did not grow much larger, and the smaller ones one the right remained at around 30-40cm. All of them still produced some pods.



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skatchina

thanks for answering.

I'm not afraid to cut, I used with other plants.

you say it's not dangerous for the plant, but the leaves are falling! isn't it dangerous for the palnt? isn't it a sign that somethin is going wrong?


thanks

ottulo

Lainaus käyttäjältä: skatchina - marraskuu 18, 2010, 15:21:29 ip
thanks for answering.

I'm not afraid to cut, I used with other plants.

you say it's not dangerous for the plant, but the leaves are falling! isn't it dangerous for the palnt? isn't it a sign that somethin is going wrong?


thanks


Well, some plants simply have the habit of dropping their leaves. Some of my plants drop older leaves and then grow multiple smaller ones on their place.

I cannot say much about your plant simply by looking at that picture, there are other things that you cannot show in an image. I suggest you try to be very careful with the plant for now, and see what will happen. If it doesn't grow any new leaves, then there is something wrong. If it gets new leaves, it shouldn't be very serious. Usually chilis are very resistant, so I think your plant will be fine after some time.

Hombre

marraskuu 18, 2010, 18:46:56 ip #6 Viimeisin muokkaus: marraskuu 18, 2010, 19:23:34 ip käyttäjältä Hombre
I´think you have a Nitrogen problem. Try to use more Nitrogen
"Kun demokratia ja sananvapaus on uhattuna, ne pitää siirtää turvaan. Ja kun niitä ei ole paikalla, voi tehdä kaikenlaista."
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Hombre

marraskuu 18, 2010, 19:24:24 ip #8 Viimeisin muokkaus: marraskuu 18, 2010, 19:30:08 ip käyttäjältä Hombre
Lainaus käyttäjältä: shibari - marraskuu 18, 2010, 19:15:03 ip
I guess he means nitrogen :D

Yes...shit happens...but i fix it... ;D
Maybe too much Tramal...in my head...
"Kun demokratia ja sananvapaus on uhattuna, ne pitää siirtää turvaan. Ja kun niitä ei ole paikalla, voi tehdä kaikenlaista."
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skatchina

hi, thanks for answering.

I think I'll first wait a few days (maybe a week) to let the soil dry.
about nitrogen, I read on the website I mustn't give too much, or the plant will grow faster, and pods could have a strange taste (if I remember well... ther was something about too much nitrogen and pods, I'm sure of it)

if my plant doesn't get better, I'll try giving a little more nitrogen. but first, let see about moisture.


about repoting and cuting roots, could it make problems to the plant?
and what about the leaves (I read to cut them to keep it small??? is it possible?! or did I dream?)

thanks

skatchina

elokuu 11, 2011, 19:58:35 ip #10 Viimeisin muokkaus: elokuu 13, 2011, 17:35:46 ip käyttäjältä skatchina
hi everybody.

as I started this topic a long time ago, I wanted to show you the evolution of one of my chile.
it's the one I'd like to make a bonchi from. (without leaving it grow too much, I haven't got the place for it, so I try to keep it small from the begining.
they are now in bigger pots, and seems to like it !


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By skatchina at 2011-08-11




as you can see, pods start growing on it, I waited for it, but I finally got them !

bye