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I have a chilli (rather than the country as I have just realised image)plant of the Masquerade variety (the ones that grow purple before maturing). I have had this plant as a house plant for 3 years and it has been fine but all of a sudden the majority of its leaves seem to have dried up and started to fall off. There are a few that still feel soft and fleshy but are wilting fast. I live in a loft room in a student house so having a dormer window means that I can't have the plants right by the window and I only really get the sun (on the rare occasion it is out) in the afternoon. It has been fine for 13/14 weeks in this room and only over the past week or 2 have I started to notice a decline. I'll list features that might help with providing an answer.

1. Majority leaves have dried up but stayed dark green (don't think its a nutrients thing)

2. Stems are still largely green but some are browning at the top.

3. There are a number of seedlings growing around the base of it. They are seem healthy and are showing none of the same symptoms (3 litre pot).

4. Light in room isn't great, not a huge amount of direct sunlight getting to the plant.

5. Generally watered when soil begins to feel dry

Any help or advice anyone could offer would be much appreciated.





  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Andy could you take a picture of it? It might help someone recognise the problem.

  • It's not a great pic but its the best I can get currently. ( I have moved it to right by the window by creating an intricate and massively inconvenient structure to support it there temporarily :P)






  • I wouldn't imagine so, it's been a house plant all its life. The room can get a bit chilly due to it being in the loft but not so cold as to cause this I wouldn't have said.

  • No worries image. It's feasible but unlikely, I myself am not a smoker but one of my housemates is. However, I lived with him last year as well without this problem so so it would be strange for this to have only started to happen now :S

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,528

    I'm afraid it's time for a new plant Andy.
    They can last a few years, but at best they're a short-lived perennial. To keep your going for so long in far from ideal conditions deserves praise, but I fear the time has come...
    It's old now and getting woody so it's not working as efficiently as it did when it was a fine young chili, and getting through a UK winter maybe proved too much. It's a lack of good quality sunlight rather than temperature that's the problem.
    As I'm sure you know they originate from much hotter climes and are usually treated as a half-hardy annual in the UK

    have a look at this recent thread for some inspiration

    I've just sown my superchili and jalapenos today.

    I don't know if vine weevil grubs are attracted to chili roots, if so that's a possibility. The grubs eat the roots and thereby starve the plant. But tbh, it's had it

    Maybe Stacey can work a wee miracle for you image

    All the best


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  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Have you been feeding it?

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    Looks like over water to me and those plants around the bottom don't look like chillies. Chillies don't like too much water. You say when the compost feels dry you water it but it may feel dry on the top but be wet at the bottom. You need to stick your finger right in or use a moisture meter probe. I'd start again.

  • It has has been fed a couple of times, with diluted tomato feed, when the leaves were started to go pale/yellow but has been on water otherwise.

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