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The first two leaves on my chilli plant just shrivelled up and died - what caused this?

Asked by Ame_Evil (3046points) June 7th, 2010

I had 4 tiny chilli plants with 3 pairs of leaves. Their seeds were planted at the same time, and for 3 out of 4 of the plants the first set of leaves shriveled up and died within a few days of each other.

Is this natural to happen? All of the other leaves are healthy and green. On the 4th plant the first pair of leaves are yellow and probably are going to follow suit.

Do I have anything to worry about, like overwatering, no nutrients etc etc?


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lilikoi's avatar

Could be snails, slugs, or other pests.

dpworkin's avatar

My first thought was overwatering, but it could be a surplus or a shortage of some mineral, too.

Ame_Evil's avatar

@lilikoi Cannot be as the plants are inside in my bedroom

laureth's avatar

When you say “the first two leaves,” do you mean the first pair that you saw when it sprouted? Or do you mean the first two “true leaves” that look like what chili plant leaves should look like?

If it’s the first two that it came with, you’re very likely okay. Those tend to dry up once the real leaves start coming and they don’t need the “beginner” leaves any more.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

The yellowing of “true” leaves could be due to a deficiency of nitrogen or magnesium. No insect damage (nematodes, etc) seen? As @laureth asked, if these were the “sprout leaves”, they’ll fall off naturally.

Ame_Evil's avatar

Yeah they are the first leaves that appeared. Thanks guys.

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