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Q.Why are only one of each of my passion fruit plants’ leaves curling?

Zone Trinidad and Tobago | Jon-Paul added on February 19, 2019 | Answered

I moved my passion fruit plants outside and now one of their leaves have started to curl up and seems bad. Also, I have what appears to be a hybrid plant between a bell pepper and a oregano, but it quickly got chewed up by caterpillars, unfortunately. Is there anyway I can help it to recover? Attached below are pictures to illustrate my problem. Also, do I need a stake to help my peppers grow properly? And while I’m in this topic, what’s the best type of homemade fertilize to use for my bell pepper plants?

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Answered on February 20, 2019

There is a lot to address here. The curling is usually an indication that your pH is off in the soil, so I would recommend starting there, and checking that. Amend to bring it a little closer to 6.5 to 7.0 range.

Unfortunately, Bell pepper and oregano are so far apart that they will not be able to cross and produce offspring. That appears to be in the Nightshade family. Almost all of which are toxic. Please remove, or at least don't consume anything from that plant.

Bell peppers should not need any extra help. If you need to stake them then it could indicate that they did not receive enough light when they were seedlings, or are not in correct light now. It could also indicate a pH imbalance in the soil, if they did not stretch when they were seedlings, or if they are receiving full sunlight all day.

As far as home made nutrients... The only way I recommend doing this safely is fully composting and using that.

Messing with raw chemical salts for nutrients can be rather dangerous if you have no previous experience with this.

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