What is killing my hot peppers?


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Ever heard anyone say you can get through a day without sex but not without a good rationalization?
Let's stay focused on the hot peppers.

I do not have the time to gift to you for the sake of 5-pepper plants. I beg your tolerance and forgiveness.

Nevertheless, I appreciate your identifying the most likely cause of the plant's illness. If it did, in fact, become infected by the herbicide, it was RoundUp weed killer, and as I understand - it is systemic - so the plants will die anyway if that turns out to be the case.

If not, they will live, though maybe shorter in stature...

If they live, and I go buy a few more plants today or tomorrow, I'll just have more plants.

If they die while I wait to see what happens, I'll have no plants.

It's not easy being a Zen Master...
 
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Ever heard anyone say you can get through a day without sex but not without a good rationalization?
LOL. I can honestly say, in all my years, I've never heard anyone say that...until now.
 
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Thank you.

If the plants don't make it I'd like to be able to re-use the soil and containers.
 
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Poisoned pepper update:

Dey still livin!

Have to admit I am surprised. They're looking like they might actually overcome the poisoning!
 
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It is. It stops a process I cannot describe well at all. But is the sun, in large quantity, by scalding and UV damage and dessication, not also something that stops function? Wind can damage, but it also makes the meristem stronger. To much water stops transpiration in plants but is simultaneously necessary.

I learned on some tomatoes that they could survive small quantities of roundup and grow through it. The more I learned about that type roundup type pathway thing, and read on hormones like 2,4 D, then the more I was impressed with how little is necessary to hurt a plant. The other side is how incredibly smaller amounts hormone are needed for growth. I became more able to understand these "ranges" of function in plants. They amaze me with how efficient and resilient they are, but maybe thats just me getting older, becoming more aware of how all life works together. I use some chemicals but now I would rather use too little and wait or apply it twice for safety. Some of them leach, some turn to gas and drift, some last for years and ruin any useful recycling efforts. Some, like glyophosate, stop bacterial action too. They really have to be used in a very narrow range.
 
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Where you clean up is a big deal because of drift. We hardly have a level area, and this japonica got a little post emergent on it from me cleaning. It will grow out of it, but its painful to remind myself how careless I can be.
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