It’s been almost two months ago since I started my tomatoes (two varieties) and peppers (jalapeño and habanero) inside. Everything but the habanero peppers sprouted quickly, but seemed to get sick shortly thereafter. Leaves turned yellow and dropped from the jalapeños and one variety of tomatoes, and the leaves on the other variety of tomatoes turned a reddish-brown, and generally looked very sick.
I tried everything I could think of. Maybe too much water, so I let them dry out between waterings. Maybe not enough sunlight, so I mounted a grow light above them and ran it half the night. Nothing seemed to help much. Nothing made it to 6″ tall, but only one tomato actually died. On the contrary, the cilantro that I planted inside, right next to everything else, is doing wonderfully.
I decided to transplant the jalapeños and the healthier of the two tomato varieties outside this morning. They are obviously unhappy about something inside, so despite them being too small and fragile, I decided that they would have the best chance there. I expect to lose a significant number of both, and I took this into consideration when I decided how close to plant them to each other.
If I lose them all, I’ll have no choice but to buy live plants from a local store if I want any tomatoes. As for jalapeños, I had a lot late last year, and I froze several gallons. There won’t be enough to use as many as I normally do, but I can get through.
I also planted the cucumbers this morning. I need to buy a few more bags of topsoil to top off the last two raised beds, and I will be ready to transplant the last tomato variety and plant the zucchini that Roomie requested.
It looks like I won’t have any habaneros this year. Only one sprouted, but it has stayed about one inch tall for the past month. It is still green, but it’s not going to survive. If any of the other seeds were going to germinate, they would have by now. It is too late in the year to buy seeds from another source and expect them to germinate and produce significantly before frost kills them.
I thought that subsequent years were supposed to get better. Not for me, not this time.