I have a question. I watered my Red Habanero plants (3) on Saturday. I went outside today and I noticed that my plants were wilted. On top of being wilted, some leaves had crisp spots on them, while others were perfectly fine. I had noticed for about 3-4 days now some of the newer leaves were not completely growing out; what I mean is a leaf would be punched up around the edge while the rest of the leaf was fully spread. I checked the soil and it was damp, but I watered it anyways thinking that the plants were burned and dried out from the sun. Almost all the leaves have fallen off except for the newer leaves. All my other plants are in the same general area about 2-3 feet away from each other.
Diagnosing plant problems long distance is very difficult. This appears to be transpiration problem–more water leaving the plant than being taken in. I would repot the affected plants and prune them back. There’s still plenty of time left in the growing season, particularly in California.
From: Hikage24 Ruiz [mailto:Hikage24@msn.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 8:35 PM
Subject: Ask Dave!