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Do my bell peppers have a pest problem? 
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Post Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
I am new at growing bell peppers and my seedlings don't seem to be doing very well.

They are getting new growth but they don't really seem to be growing if you know what I mean!?

The leaves are going brown and holey! See pics below.

I have read what the most common pests are but how do I know which it is? I can't find any grubs or beetles or aphids on the plants.

Could it also be a nutrition deficiency? What are your thoughts?

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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
Hmmm .. I rarely have any luck with Bell Peppers. Mine took forever to get started then I noticed they were covered in Aphids. I sprayed with Pyrethrum spray and they're really starting to take off. Still a bit stunted for my liking but that always seems to be the case when I try to grow them. I did notice some fruit on them today but I doubt they'll get very big. Certainly not as big as in the shops :D

I think I used to put my chillies and peppers in around the tomatoes and they never did well at all. So I tried them away from the tomatoes this year and seem to be having a bit more success.

Your images are what my peppers used to always look like. I really don't know what else to suggest.

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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
Hmm, bummer! thanks for your reply.

I have a minature variety that seems to be doing very well. I even have 4-5 fruit growing well on it. I will post a pic of it tomorrow.

They are planted in the same lot, same soil etc on opposite sides, and not in with my tomatoes.
I have my chilli's in with my tomatoes and seem to be doing ok so far, fingers crossed. And I have trimmed off the spent leaves on these guys!

Very strange and challenging. I think I might plant my next seedlings in pots with potting mix when they are ready.

Experiment :thumbright

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Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:19 pm
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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
I have the same problem here, maybe its a combination of pests and nutritional deficiency. They definitely look a bit chewed but also lacking in something.

I am going to spray mine with pest oil, put down some snail bait and feed them a bit more, will let you know if that makes any difference.


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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
Thanks greenfumb. Would be much appreciated.

I have also given them a bit of a fertiliser boost and trimmed off the bad leaves. I might give them a hit of bug spray also and see what happens.

Might also pull away some of the mulch around the stems, air out the roots a bit too perhaps.

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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
Could be earwigs. Roll up a newspaper tight and lightly dampen it and lay it nearby. That will help you find out.

However I also find the buggers hard to grow and buy established ones. The one we bought last year produced above and beyohnd our expectations :thumbright was worth the extra cost.

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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
Earwigs :scratch Hmm, i'll give that a try! Thanks.

Going to try planting my next seedlings in pots, if that doesn't work out. Will try established also!

Wonder why they are so hard to grow! Thankfully, it's not just me. I am curious...

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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
I trimmed the dodgy leaves, sprayed with big spray, removed the mulch to give about 5cm of bare soil and give them extra water (drench them) and they have taken off quite well, slowly but surely. I will post some pics when I get a chance :-)

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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
I planted out 16 peppers - 8 bell (Californian Wonder) and 8 Long Yellows. The yellows grew well and have been producing heaps....the bells have been weird this year. Some have grown really nicely, but two or three of the plants were also stunted like yours. They are producing peppers but very small.

My opinion is that there were just some dodgy seedlings.


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Post Re: Do my bell peppers have a pest problem?
I think so markymark. I ended up with one plant the eventually grew and produced but pulled three out as they just weren't doing anything. Planted a heap more seedlings in pots and they all failed too so just going to throw the rest out and buy a new batch of seeds.

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