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I have habenaro chilli plants and the soil is eroding in the pot around the plant. There are alot of slaters around and in the soil? Why, how and can i stop them from returning

I have had the plants from seedlings for about 4mnths now, they have not grown much in size(From 10cm to 25 cm) the leaves fall off aswell as the flowers. 1 flower has stayed on to fruit, I noticed the slaters today and they are numerous in the eroded soil and in the surrounding ground the pot is sitting on. This has only started happening in the last 2 weeks. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Submitted: 05:51PM, 29 Mar 2010
Answer: Dear Jarrod,

Your chilli plants do appear to be struggling a little. The fact that the leaves and flowers are falling, could mean that the potting mix is too wet causing lack of oxygen around the root system. Slaters thrive in moist conditions and this could be the reason why you are seeing so many of them in and around your pots.

I think it would be a good idea to repot your chilli plants into some fresh potting mix. Put the pots in a warm sunny spot (particularly now that the weather is getting cooler) and have the pots raised off the ground so there is plenty of air circulation. Before watering your pots, check the soil first to see if there is adequate moisture. Apply a soluble fertiliser once the flowers appear (Thrive Soluble Flower & Fruit fertiliser).

I am sure with the right conditions your chilli plants will flower and give you lots of spicey hot chillies.

Answered: 09:26AM, 15 Apr 2010

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