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Drooping Chilli Plant Leaves

Last week I came back form work and found that virtually all of my chilli plants leaves were drooping. This can’t have been due to lack of light as the weather has been gloriously sunny recently.

Chilli Plant Leaf Droop

Potential Causes of Drooping Leaves

1. Excess heat

The plants have been spending their days in a conservatory and with the very warm weather recently it was getting very hot in their during the day. Despite the high temperatures they had been well watered and the soil hadn’t dried out so I have ruled out lack of water. The shock of the high temperatures however may be a factor.

2. Re-potting

Quite often drooping leaves can be caused by the shock of re-potting. I re potted all of my plants just before this started to happen which probably explains their current drooping. When re-potting always try to minimize handling and damaging the roots.

3. Lack of nutrients

This can be an issue, particularly when the plants start flowering and fruiting. In such cases you can add a little tomato feed to their diet which should help give the plants the boost they need (I usually dilute it down to about half strength).

Curing Leaf Droop

Quite often the best plan is to simply let the chilli plants get used to their new environment. It is best to try to minimize any further stress to the plants. To do this move them to a warn, shady place out of direct sunlight.

Another suggestion I got from one of our twitter followers was to mist the plants with water. I’ve found this seems to have helped them recover too, though the problem is still persisting to some extent.

6 comments… add one
  • Les June 30, 2010, 8:23 pm

    as you may have guessed im a first time grower I have flowers and fruit forming on the bottom 2/3 of the plants but on the last 1/3 the leaves are looking very stressed and irregular and some of the budding flowers are dropping off any ideas for the cause of this great site

  • les June 26, 2010, 4:27 pm

    i gave my plants a feed of half strength tomato food last week and within an hour they had all drooped to my horror. the only thing i could think of was to flush the food away away with water and they appear to have recovered do you think the food was too strong for the roots

    • The Chilli King June 26, 2010, 8:14 pm

      les – strange. maybe it was a bit strong or maybe just a bit of shock. i’ve found drooping often occurs when i change something. maybe try watering it down a bit more next time.

  • Ben June 6, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I find most of my chilli plants in the greenhosue droop for a couple of hours while it’s hottest about midday.

    This only happens until they are about a foot tall, then they tend to be able to handle the heat a little bit better.

  • Gordzilla June 4, 2010, 11:07 am

    I’ve found that misting in the morning and once more in the evening helps a great deal with drooping leaves. Also it help you avoid overwatering your plants as they can get a lot of moisture just from the spray.

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