I was given a thai pepper plant by a friend. I've had it for about a
month now and everything was going great. New peppers growing and
leaves abondant. A couple of days ago, I notice that aphids started
invading. So I looked it up online how to take care of this problem. I
used the soap/water technique to try to cure the problem. Well the
aphids came out more and I just wiped them away. Next morning maybe a
couple had survived so I just squished the little buggers. Anyway
later that day I notice when looking closely at the plant that leaves
had started falling. They were not dead and still very green. I then
touched another leaf and if popped right off. I thought w.t.f....so I
touch another one and that one fell right off. The leaves are still
green and not curling or anything. They look healthy and the peppers
are still growing and turning red.
Can someone please help me and tell what is going on? Is my plant
dying and if so can I save it? The soil is moist but not puddled.
What can this be?
It maybe the infestation was/is coincidental to dormancy. How is your
lighting/climate environment now?
Very similar happening with some Thai Chile I got late season and wanted to
overwinter. Dormancy was setting in when I found a infestation in my light
room. By the time I got it under control I lost my Habs and Serranos but
the Thai are doing well . Plants look like war refugees, yet holding their
own. Surprisingly the herbs did not fair bad. Lost a pot of Thai Basil and
some cilantro but all in the room seems to be OK now. The bugs seem to
prefer a little "salsa" kick.
So don't give up on them. Consider culling the fruit now and letting them
go dormant unless you can mimic a warm tropical climate, practice safe
gardening and watch for a reinfestation.
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