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  1. BalconyFarmer
    June 18th, 2012 02:10 PM
    If the water isn't draining well, it could be root rots, in which case they're probably toast. Did you use garden soil in the pots, instead of potting mix? It's a common mistake, but unless you have a fast-draining sandy loam, it usually dooms your plants. Plants need air around their roots, not just water. Garden soil compacts too much in pots, all the air spaces get taken up by water. Root rots and plant pathogens take over in waterlogged soil, and most vegetables aren't adapted to survive in those conditions. You need coarse materials mixed into the potting mix to improve drainage. See my Container Gardening Drainage page for more information.
  2. imnweib
    June 15th, 2012 03:56 PM
    They are in pots. the water does not drain down to good and I tried to stir the dirt up around the edges to help
  3. BalconyFarmer
    June 15th, 2012 03:14 PM
    Are the roots getting munched by gophers?
  4. imnweib
    June 15th, 2012 12:39 PM
    Tomatillos are wilting, leaves turning brown getting plenty of water, sunlight ?? any suggestions
  5. BalconyFarmer
    June 14th, 2012 02:20 PM
    It's hard to give a blanket recommendation for watering. It varies with soil type, temperature, wind, whether they're mulched or not, etc. I just watch the plants. As long as the leaves are upright and healthy-looking (good turgor), they're getting enough water. If they start looking the least bit droopy, I water deeply, then don't water again for a few days. Once they're set a lot of fruit, I shift to a daily or every-other-day watering pattern.
  6. imnweib
    June 11th, 2012 11:28 AM
    Ok thanks. The stocks look healthy but I will water slowly to see if they come back. We were out of town this last weekend and it got hot so most of my garden dried out pretty good. What do you recommend for a watering cycle for the bells and the hot peppers?

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  7. BalconyFarmer
    June 9th, 2012 01:37 PM
    Hi Neal: They may come back if you let them dry back and give them a shot of fish emulsion or a light dose of fertilizer, but it's still early enough in the season to replace them if you can still find seedlings. I think at this point if they have to regenerate leaves, you'll end up with a much smaller yield at the end of the season. They'll probably try to flower soon, and without leaves to fuel fruit growth, you'll have small peppers. It's also not a good sign that they dropped their leaves--healthy plants don't do that unless the winds are really fierce.
  8. imnweib
    June 6th, 2012 03:22 PM
    Hello I have a question for you since you are in my area. I have a Fresno and a cowhorn chile pepper plants that got to wet in the planter that they were in and the leaves all fell off in the winds we had the past week or so. They are about 16 inches tall will they come back or should I start over> Thanks Neal (imnweib)
  9. redneckplanter
    December 26th, 2011 09:54 PM
    hey farmer come play?smiles

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