Bell pepper problem

Asked May 27, 2017, 12:06 PM EDT

Hi, I have a bell pepper that I bought from a nursery and the leaves are looking a bit strange. The veins seem very pronounced and yellow and the leaves are shriveled in appearance. I've attached pictures. I read that it could be a calcium or other nutrient deficiency. I also read that it could be a virus. Any clue what it is? And will it spread to my other veggies (tomatoes, hot peppers, squash, cucumbers)? Thanks in advance!

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1 Response

We cannot say for sure what is going on with the pepper foliage. Crinkled leaves can be due to insects such as (aphids, thrips, or cyclamen mites), viruses, or environmental damage (cold injury), etc. It has been cool and wet, no sun. It would not hurt to water the plants in with a balanced soluble fertilizer to prevent any early season nutrient stress.
Take a look at our pepper publication for more information. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG57%20IPM...

Look for signs of insects under the leaves. Move the plants in containers from your other plants until you know what you are dealing with. Make sure the bark mulch is not touching the plant stems as it may be too rough.
Monitor your plants to see if they grow out of the damage. It is not too late to replant if need be. You can also send us additional photos. Here is our Vegetable Profile on peppers http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-peppers
and growing vegetables in containers http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG600%20Container%20...
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