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Hi All,

Im new to gardening (and this forum) and I really need some help.

The leaves on my chilli plant have started to look unhealthy (picture attached). They are slightly yellow with brown patches in the middle. Does anyone have any suggestion as to what is happening, and how to fix it?


Many thanks





Hugo, it may be nutrient deficiency, but first have a close look at the back of the leaves in case there are spider mite or thrips.  You will need a magnifying glass as they are tiny.  If no sign of pests, it could be chlorosis which means one of several nutrients isn't being taken up.  Ironically, over-feeding can cause this - are you feeding, what with and how often?

Thanks for the reply.

I found some spider mites on it the other day, but Im sure the colouration predates the spider mites (as I check them regularly). I have started spraying  the leaves with water to try and get rid of them.

I used to feed them BabyBio but when I read on the internet that too much Nitrogen can harm them I stopped feeding them (this was around 2 weeks ago). I do think that I could have over-fed them previously because I tend to be a bit "generous" with my plant food.

I try not to water too much, maybe 1-2 a week when it is hot.

Is it possible that they have tobacco mosaic virus?

Do you think it could be spider mites (that I may have missed on pervious inspections) causing the problem?




Stacey Docherty

It is more likely to be the baby bio! Not suitable for chillies at all I'm afraid. If you want a good chillie feed I highly reccomend chilli focus I use it on all of mine And they thrive.... Also is this chilli grown indoors or outside? Has it cropped? And finally what variety is it? With regarda to tobacco mosaic do you smoke? I have heard of people who smoke plants catching it so.... 

Thanks for the reply.

Ill get some suitable chilli plant food. Thanks.

I have 3 plants. 1 Cayenne, 1 Jalepeno, 1 Scotch Bonnet.

The problem is affecting both the Cayenne and Jalepeno but the Scotch Bonnet seems fine.

All 3 were initially inside but I took them outside a few weeks ago when the weather was so nice.

All 3 plants have produced quite a few actual chillies (which i was extremely happy about), but with the 2 which have this problem the chillis seem to have stopped maturing. Perhaps this is because it is not so hot anymore?

I do smoke unfortunately

Thanks for helping!



Chilli Focus is what we use with our chillis.

Shrinking Violet

Chilli Focus is excellent  - my chillies are all doing extremely well.  As are all of us, incidently!  OH wrapped some CF and put it on the Christmas Tree as a "silly" present.  Trouble was, I didn't have my glasses on, so I added it to a Chilli con Carne, thinking it was culinary rather than horticultural!  It didn't do anything for the taste (!) but, thankfully, didn't kill us, either.  I had assumed it was a bit like Tabasco - and hadn;t read the label.    (I won't make the same mistake twice!!)

Stacey Docherty

Lmao shrinking violet that is so funny.... Hugo I wouldn't worry about them stopping growing the fruit will have stopped to ripen .... if ur growing them next year try growing them in square pots.... Don't ask me why but they always grow Better!!! I don't know the science behind it but it works!!!

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