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Location: New York
Posted: Apr/30/2009 3:58 PM PST
I have a few questions about my vegetables i am trying to grow. This is my first year ever trying to do this, so please bare with me.
I have tomato, cayenne pepper and broccoli plants. Recently it seems that i have killed them or am killing them. At this point i do not think i can save them, but i would like to know for the future what i did wrong with them.
I bought the plants about a week and a half ago. The broccoli and cayenne pepper were in what i thought at the time to be very small pots. I bought some soil and transplanted them in pots that are about 2 inches wider and about 1 inch taller (they are not big pots). The plants seemed fine until i put them out side.
The genius i am, i put them in direct sunlight when it was 90 degrees out for about 3 days. After that they have not been the same, so i am assuming that is a part of the murder.
Another factor might be my watering. I don't know if i am not doing it enough, or to much. Are there specific signs of over watering?
Also, did i "shock" the plants by transplanting them? By the way, what does it mean when the plants go into shock; and how can i get them out of it (If there is even a way)?
I have been trying to read about them online, however there are so many people saying so many different things i don't know what to do.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could give me any advice and help me save at least my cayenne pepper since i love to cook.
Thank you for your time.
Posted: Apr/30/2009 4:18 PM PST
I'm no expert but what I would do is pinch off the wilted & turning brown leaves ~ pinch them off at the stem close to the main stem/trunk. Keep the soil moist & set them back outside for short periods of time & keep increasing to help build their tolerance if it's warm enough but not in the direct sunlight or wind.
Don't give up just keep babying them & they may come back.
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posted: May/01/2009 2:39 AM PST
That's good advice.
That's what you did. You burned them up. They weren't ready for 90 degree heat.
Location: Westlake, La
Posted: May/01/2009 6:25 AM PST
Also, AFTER they return (if they do) and are starting to look healthy again-you need to pot them in the pot they will remain in to produce. If you keep repotting, you will be putting too much stress on the plant. Plant in a container at least the size of a 5 gal. bucket or bigger.
Location: Barksdale AFB, LA
Posted: May/04/2009 7:57 AM PST
Well Broccoli is a cool season crop, I planted last year in the summer and they didn't do well. Broccoli usually is planted in the ground right before your season's last frost!
Peppers usually thrive in hot weather.
Tomatoes usually are planted on March.
Did you water enough?
Morning sun and shade later half of day?
Location: south central Ontario
Posted: May/05/2009 9:39 AM PST
I agree that your plants may still survive. Unless your tomato and pepper plants have deteriorated further, they definitely still have life left in them. Treat them with benign neglect. Water only when they get dry, but before they get dried out. You'll notice them start to droop a little. That's the time to water them. I'd transplant all of them together into as large a container as you can find - a huge pot, an old crate, etc. - at least 1 1/2 feet square. Make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom. Cover the bottom with a layer of stones. Top up with triple mix. Don't use potting soil. It's too light. Pop your plants in and hope for the best. Devise some sort of shade mechanism to protect them from burning rays - a frame covered with an old tea towel, maybe. Just support the frame over your plants in the heat of the day. Allow them to enjoy the sun during early morning and late afternoon. Frequently they take hold and become vigorous plants.