Pepper Plant
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Whats wrong with my plants?

Zone 80110 | Deggen3 added on May 6, 2019 | Answered

A week ago, my plants (peppers, eggplant and tomatoes) all started developing this white coloration on the leaves under the grow light. I transplanted the tomatoes outside thinking it would help. So now the eggplant and peppers are still inside under a grow light, and the tomatoes are outside. They all are still developing this whitish coloration on even the new leaves emerging!!! Ive tried to look it up and can only find sun scalding. The problem I have with that is that the indoor plants are still getting it and the bulb is at least 8 inches away from the plants! What is going on?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on May 7, 2019

I see!!! So this is a VERY low nutrient soil mix designed for seeds for the first 4 weeks (Generally I don't even give them that long to run out.) This is a true case of running COMPLETELY out of nutrients.

What you need to do from here is amend with some high quality compost, or something granular. I like Botanicare's Organicare granular, but that is strictly my opinion. Amend your entire garden as well! They are starving!

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BushDoctor
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Answered on May 6, 2019

The potting medium that you are using appears to be infected with either a fungal or bacterial infection.

How does it smell when wet?

One other alternative that I find unlikely, unless the mix you are using contains absolutely NO nutrients, is that they are experiencing shock from having no nutrients. This can appear like what you are seeing. What kind of soil is that?

Either way, I believe that your soil is to blame, and you will probably need to change that.

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Deggen3
Answered on May 18, 2019

so I gave my indoor plants some fertilizer the next time I watered them, and made sure the soil didn't get COMPLETELY dry. And it seemed to clear up! As for the outdoor plants I did the same, and now Im watching them spring back to life!!! The leaves that went yellow never came back so as new growth develops, Ive been slowly pruning the old leaves.
Thanks to everyones' help and time!!

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Deggen3
Answered on May 6, 2019

The soil that it was transplanted into was an organic potting mix, EKO organic potting mix. I haven't smelled the soil yet when it is wet, I've refrained from watering it for a while since I gave it a good soak before transplanting. Is there a way to treat the soil? since Ive already planted a lot of the tomatoes into a garden bed outside.

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