So, a couple weeks ago I noticed that the Sugar Rush Cream peppers had something funky going on:
New leaves coming in pale and twisted. Mature leaves were fine, but some of the in between new and mature leaves were also affected at least a little.
Thinking I had another deficiency I did some research. The only thing that appears to match is a calcium deficiency, but that makes no sense. While I did seem to have a magnesium deficiency again this year I specifically went out of my way to treat it with a commercially purchased Calcium/Magnesium blend supplement in an attempt to avoid that sort of problem. There are some insects that can cause curled leaves, but they tend to affect mature leaves more than new.
It was suggested to me that maybe the weather was the problem. When I first noticed it, it was right after the first heatwave broke and all of the beds were a bit over-wet due to the thunderstorms. But the beds dried out quickly enough, and the problem only seemed to get worse, not better. Course, our weather has been especially screw this year. DRY and HOT, then almost chilly and soaking wet, then back to DRY and HOT.
I bought and treated that bed with a tomato/vegetable fertilizer high in calcium. And at least one of the plants looks less pale and twisted, though the leaves aren’t back to normal yet. But now the problem appears to be spreading. At least one of the cayenne plants is doing the same thing, and this morning I spotted the same signs on one of the habaneros.
All three are located in the stock tank self-wicking beds. They ARE drained, via drilled holes in one end right at the soil line, so I don’t think they’re over wet (and yes I confirmed that they are still draining via those holes). But the stock tanks are also the oldest part of my garden, so its possible that there’s a deficiency cropping up I guess.
I went ahead and treated the whole garden with the tomato/vegi fertilizer, since it seemed to help at least a little with the Sugar Rush peppers.
I also got ahold of the information I need to arrange soil testing for my garden. But I was planning on holding off doing that till fall, as it requires digging into the beds at least a few inches, which would mean pulling up weed barrier and disturbing the roots of plants. I might be regretting that decision.