Serrano Pepper Plants

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  1. Serrano Pepper Leaf Yellowing
  2. I Just Harvested A bunch of Serrano Chillis
  3. Serrano Peppers Not Hot
  4. Serrano pepper plant
Asked by suzanneharper on June 21, 2011
Serrano Pepper Leaf Yellowing

My serrano peppers have been growing like crazy and then all of a sudden the leaves turned yellow only around they edge, and they curled up a bit. It did this all of a sudden, though it did get very hot here. . . it is 105 today.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is due to water stress. Increase water ti the plant.

If it is in the ground, try to water deeper (i.e. longer), rather than more frequently. This will help store water deeper in the ground and encourage the plant to grow deeper roots so that it can better have access to water during high heat.

If it is in a container, you may need to water several times a day in heat that high as the water in the container will evaporate quickly.

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suzanneharper

Thank you sooo much! I increased the water by a couple minutes and they seem to be doing much better

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Asked by Mia2 on September 1, 2012
I Just Harvested a Bunch of Serrano Chillis

I just harvested a bunch of serrano chillis. Too many to eat that fast. How to you store them?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you have an over abundance of peppers, you can dry them for easy storage. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/drying-hot-peppers.htm

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Asked by dwhit75 on October 10, 2012
Serrano Peppers Not Hot

Is there anything I can do to my serrano and jalapeno peppers so that they are hot. I have harvested many peppers this year and none of them are hot. I have them in a raised garden and they have been growing well. I am surprised that they are still flowering this late in the year.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Genetics, water and nutrients can all effect how spicy a pepper is. As you have 2 different varieties that are affected, then it is likely not genetics.

They may have been a bit too dry and that is why they are not as spicy. Oddly enough, part of the reason peppers produce capsicum is to help ward off fungus. Fungus is most likely to develop when the plant gets more water and so a chili pepper will produce more "heat" when they get more water.

Nutrients may also have played a role. The soil may be lacking some of the micro nutrients the plants need to make capsicum or the soil may be too rich, which causes the plant and its fruit to grow quickly and is not able to concentrate the capsicum in the fruit.

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Asked by Anonymous on September 10, 2015
Serrano Pepper Plant

My 50 day old serrano plant had aphids, and I treated with a soap water mix (1 tbls/1 quart of water). The ants are gone, but the leaves seem to be less healthy (some holes have appeared, and the leaves seem to be thinner). The back of the leaves also seem to be turning black in some places. The fruit seems fine. I water almost daily. Did I use too much soap? Do I water too often? Is there anything I can do to help?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If the peppers are fine I would just continue to care for the plants through out the remainder of the growing season.
Yes the soap can cause damage to the leaves and plant. I have found that myself, if the soap is applied in the sunlight it can cause burns on the leaves.

You can apply Neem Oil weekly to make sure the plants stay insect free.

Here are some links with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/pepper-problems.htm

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