What causes pepper plants to drop their leaves?

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I started a bunch of peppers this year and I've noticed that some of them have dropped their leaves.
The Habarenos and Serranos seem to be the first to do this, the leaves grow back. I just got an email from somebody I shipped peppers to and one of the plants (Cal Golden) drop its leaves in 2 days. It had leaves when it left here. She has ordered more so I want to figure out the cause before I ship to her again. This is the first time I have had it happen to Cal Golden.
Thanks

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

cal - i have been growing hot peppers from seed (bhut jolokia, 7 pods) for two years now. the first year i had 3 bhuts wheret he leaves began to fall off even before i got them outside. once outsidet he leaves grew back but when the flowers formed they too fell off and i did not get any hot peppers. last year i started 7 pots and the same thing happened except the flowers did not fall off and i got a beautiful plant.

don't know if this helps you or not.

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Herbie-At least I'm not the only one.

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

and lets hope its the last time. LOL

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Where is everybody?

League City, TX(Zone 9a)

Vacation maybe. I hope someone comes along quick because I was wondering the same thing Lisa. This has happened to all the bell peppers that I have planted in pots. Some of the leaves turned yellow and dropped. I thought maybe some leaves were eaten, but regardless, the potted plants look a little skimpy now and the fruit is beginning to scald.

The peppers in my veggie bed are about 3' tall and the foliage is very lush. I'm guessing I need to water and/ or feed my potted peppers more, but I do not know specifically how they are deficient.

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

ususally yellow leaves are an indication of lack of water but i am not anexpert. when i use the soaker hose on my potted vegetables including my peppers i let it run every day for two hours and i never had any problems at all. i ran them from 8 am ti 10 am. i had them on a timer.

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

These are just dropping no color change they just fall off. I think it maybe stress related, some of the eggplant did the same thing.

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

that i never heard off.

League City, TX(Zone 9a)

I'm pretty sure my deficiency is due to malnutrition.

I agree Herbie, lack of water...nitrogen.

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Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

OMG naked pepper plants! I just went down to my garden and the Golden Cal wonder are the only bells that have dropped all their leaves. I do see new buds though. They are all on the same soaker hose so...I sure hope the ones I just shipped don't do the same thing.
I was potting up MY Choc Hab. I have babied it and it looked great I went to pot it up and some of the big, beautiful, dark green leaves fell off in my hand. There has got to be a reason.

North Hills, CA

Did you harden them off-put them in the shade a week or so before giving them full sun?
Leaf drop can come from many things.Some contradict each other.
Little water then a lot.Dry pots to wet ones all of a sudden.
Too much water.
Sometimes a drastic change in soil PH -transplanting from a high PH to a low one.
Too much or too little ferts-though that usually turns the leaves colors first.
Going from a temp. controlled house to a hot outdoors or a warm indoors to a cold outside.
Shock is what most times does it,caused by any of the above.

You'll usually get a lot bushier plants when they grow back.

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks SM I've been wondering where you were. Yes, everything was hardened off. They were all treated the same for whatever reason the Golden Cal Wonder seems to shock easier. I'm not shipping them again next year, too much trouble.
They aren't something I would grow normally anyway. Had a wholesale order and the woman pooped out at the last second. I like to grow stuff thats more unusual, bells don't do well here anyway, but there are a lot of sweet non bells that do.
Thanks

Orange, CA(Zone 10b)

My peppers drop leaves and blossoms from time to time. I think it's related to temperature and water stress than soil deficiency. I grow many of mine in containers and have a few that are going on their 3rd summer with the original "soil". They still grow and produce... just with smaller leaves and fruits.

Here's my "going on 3" Naga Morich.

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Orange, CA(Zone 10b)

Lots of blooms and peppers...but under a foot tall.

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Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Ahhh..Growing in CA. I remember those days. I had a puple Jal for a couple of years, Took it in and out of the house everytime it froze. Last year it got below freezing 1 night (wasn't supposed to) and that was the end of that.

Prosper, TX(Zone 8a)



To much rain or not enough.
Parasites from stress.
Blyte
fungal issues in the root bed.
Or 10 other causes that you may want to resolve the future.


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Everglades, FL(Zone 10a)

My cachucha pepper plants looked like your plant. I was horrified when I turned a leaf over and it was coated with white "soot". I shook the plant and a zillion little white flies flew off. The nursery man told me to use malathion but it's hard to do the under side of the leaves. Needless to say, it's still an on going battle for an awesome tasting [rare] pepper plant. The history is, a few plants were smuggled in from Cuban and you have to pretty much know a local Cuban to talk them out of a seedling. I don't know if that's true but many say that. It's an amazing tasting semi-mild pepper that looks like a habenero but totally better tasting and milder. They are magical! I sure don't want to lose mine to parasites! I need to start more seeds I guess!

Prosper, TX(Zone 8a)

cachucha is the same as aji dulce so if you cannot find seeds for cachucha then look for aji dulce. they are the same plant just go by different names in different countries.

Everglades, FL(Zone 10a)

You're right, perky! I too looked it up. I just love that pepper! Today I'm making cachucha salsa verde for company this weekend.

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