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I bought some Big Jim Chile peppers about a week ago. Brought them home, transplanted them into new pots. They have looked really great all until a couple of days ago and then all of a sudden they are turning yellow and leaves are starting to fall off. What am I doing wrong? I live in Colorado so I've been taking them in and out everyday. We have had some nasty weather and I couldn't put them out for the entire day, just a couple hours each day.......... Please, anyone, any ideas?
 

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Water, sunlight, and temps could all cause those symptoms.

Too much water...they like water in moderation....not enough sun...they need full sun....low temps...they do not tolerate low temps well.

My guess from your description would be insufficient sunlight.
 
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Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I have been keeping them pretty moist and like i said they haven't got good sun in a couple days. Should I be doing any kind of fertilizer? I gave them one dose when I transplanted them, but nothing since. Again...... thanx for your help.
 
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No fertilizer until they regain their health. Sounds like transplant shock from a big change in climate.
 

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... I gave them one dose when I transplanted them, but nothing since...
This could well be part of the problem...depending on what you consider a "dose". Can you quantify?
 
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Wouldn't surprise me if you have been overwatering.
Don't water chillies more than once a week, unless they droop.
 
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This could well be part of the problem...depending on what you consider a "dose". Can you quantify?
It was half of what the recommended application called for. I didn't want to push it on such young plants, so I held back.
 
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Not more than once a week? Even if they're in quart size pots? This Colorado sun is pretty intense?
You only water when they are droopy in the AM hours, say about 9 and then you saturate them.
It was half of what the recommended application called for. I didn't want to push it on such young plants, so I held back.
What was the NPK?
 
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What is a good NPK to use?
I am a totally organic gardener and I could write a novel about synthetic/oil based fertilizers and how bad they are but that is for another thread. Any organic fertilizer is better than synthetic. Don't be fooled by the low numbers of organic fertilizers thinking that high NPK numbers are better. They aren't and for a number of reasons. I would guess that in Colorado you will have the Espoma line of organic products. They are one of the best commercial makers of organic products and I think are nation wide
 
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