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I had recently grown bell pepper plants from seeds in a carton box filled with soil, and consists of 12 plantlets in the box. Its placed in the shade. I water them regularlry. Its 2 months old now. Now it shows a white cottony mold like under the leaves of the plants. This cottony thing contains tiny black seed like stuff. My plants looks very unhealthy. Please help! When should I transplant them to a new pot or directly to ground? Is it a fungus?
Shall I apply fungicide? Or Shall I apply a Neematicide?
I live in Kerala, India


It sounds like your plants have a fungus and it may have been caused by not enough light and possible poor air circulation around the plants.  Remove all the affected leaves and transplant each plant into larger pots (using new soil) or plant them directly into the ground if the temperature is around 20C or more.  Pepper plants need lots of sunlight and heat so make sure they are getting at least 8 hours of sunlight.  Make sure there is at least a foot between plants so that the air will circulate around the plants as they grow larger.

Try this first, and after a week or so if plant leaves still have the fungus you can apply a fungicide.

Good luck with your plants and if you have any other questions please let me know.

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I am confident I can answer any questions about planting, growing and harvesting vegetables and culinary herbs. I am very knowledgeable and experienced in garden site planning and design, propagating, soil preparation, transplanting, pest control, disease management, watering, fertilizing, and composting.


I have been growing vegetables organically since 1993 first in my small backyard, then moving to a 2 acre plot where I grew vegetables for sale at our local farmers market and through a CSA (community shared agriculture). I started a popular website in 2007 and have answered questions from all over the world through that site. I have 3 published Everything series books on gardening as well as several self published books for sale on my website.

I volunteer and assist teaching disabled adults how to grow their own vegetable gardens. I have set up raised bed gardens in the front yards of their group homes and the gardens help to feed the households. I am very involved in our local farming community and am the treasurer and a garden mentor for a local society called One Straw, which promotes organic and sustainable practices for growing local food. I am a board of director for a government committee that is involved in keeping our ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) safe.

I have 3 published Everything series books: The Everything Grow Your Own Vegetables Book published in 2010. The Everything Root Cellaring Book published in 2011. The Everything Small Space Gardening Book set to be published Jan 2012. I have 3 self published garden design books: Vegetable Garden Plans for your Raised Beds. Vegetable Garden Plans for Square Foot Gardening. Vegetable Garden Plans for Row Gardening. I have a self published book on soil building: Why is Soil so Important? Tips on Amending and Fertilizing I also publish a yearly journal promoting garden planning and planting by the moon cycles. The current one is called "My 2012 Vegetable Garden Journal" I write articles that are published at EzineArticles.

I teach gardening classes on propagating, pest and disease management, and soil fertility at our local community center. My education came from my mother, mentors, and growing my own gardens.

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