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Why Are My Tomato & Pepper Leaves Turning White???

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by ms8miranda on May 29, 2006 01:52 PM
My tomato and pepper plants have only been in the ground a couple weeks. Everything looked good, in spite of the fact we had little sun and fairly cool. Now we've had a couple hot, sunny days and all of a sudden I noticed some of the leaves are turning white - like in the area where the veins aren't.

Anyone know what's happening? Is there something I can/should do???

Here's a pic of a pepper plant
PICT OF PEPPER PLANT
by weezie13 on May 29, 2006 02:30 PM
Miranda,
Something along these lines???
Magnesium Deficiency in Tomatoes [dunno]

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by ms8miranda on May 29, 2006 02:59 PM
Just added a picture so you can see what I'm talking about.
by weezie13 on May 29, 2006 03:25 PM
Kinda looks like it's in the same ball park..
Wait a bit to see if anyone concurr's or not...

In the meantime, what kind of soil is it in???
Bagged or is that regular garden soil???

Sun?

What kind of fertilizers are you using? If any??

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by ms8miranda on May 29, 2006 04:11 PM
If it's a magnesium deficiency, would it just suddenly turn white? I didn't notice it yesterday or even this morning.

It's in my regular garden soil and I compost. Yesterday, I scattered some cut grass around the garden but I know it didn't have any chemicals or anythings on it.

They are in the sun until about 6-7:00.
by peppereater on May 30, 2006 02:26 AM
It could be sunscald.

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Even my growlights are getting restless!
by weezie13 on May 30, 2006 02:30 AM
Was the grass fresh or was it let to
dry up first?????

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by ms8miranda on May 30, 2006 04:58 AM
The grass was dry but did have some mold on it - that's never been a problem before. Could it be harmful to plants?

Now that I read about sun scald, I'm sure that's what it is. That makes sense - it had been so cloudy since they were planted and then 2 full days of sun. That would explain why they turned white so suddenly, too.
by ms8miranda on May 30, 2006 05:00 AM
Hey Dave,
I'm usually good at growing weeds, too. [Big Grin] Except for catnip! Anyone else have problems getting catnip started from seed?
by ms8miranda on May 30, 2006 05:23 AM
oops [Embarrassed] ...should have checked first - I did a search and found out catnip seeds don't sprout easily.
by dodge on May 31, 2006 04:58 AM
Tomatoe leaves will bleach out white if the sun turns too hot on the first few days of being there.. Especially if they have not been hardened off before planting.......They love water.

dodge [wavey]

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by johnCT on May 31, 2006 05:18 AM
quote:
Originally posted by peppereater:
It could be sunscald.
I agree. [muggs]

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by Mitzi on June 01, 2006 11:51 AM
Is there a way to prevent sunscald? I think I have it as well. What can I do to prevent it? Water more? less? Is time of day an issue? I am in Texas so it gets really hot, really fast.
by dodge on June 01, 2006 12:48 PM
mit

I know your climate is nasty hot......
When I start mine out, I put them on the east porch which gets morning sun.. ANd afternoon shade.. I limit the time in the sun for a while , water them well if it is hot.
All I can recommend with your 90 degrees temp, is try to shade them a little..take an put up 4 posts , with that criss cross trillis fencing on the top .. Just something to promote a little shade......Afternoon sun is a killer.

or any method you can dream up.

Dodge [dunno]

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