You most likely have mites. Mosiac symptoms include green-yellow mottling of leaves, which become curved and distorted; the plant is usually stunted; fruits are yellow or wrinkled with dark spots, or are small, bumpy, and off-colored. Why are the new, top leaves of my plants all crinkly like this? The internodes and branches of the plant are short, which results in a clumped appearance. Experts recommend that avoidance of the virus is the best form of control because there are few pepper plants resistant to the virus. One of my bell pepper plants had this problem this year. Herbicides are sometimes responsible for curling leaves. I have one chilli plant that has wrinkled leaves. Wash hands and clean nails with an alcohol gel before touching healthy plants or their surrounding soil. This disorder is the result of a calcium imbalance in the plant, which is caused by great fluctuations in soil moisture. When you spray, cover tops and bottoms of all the leaves and branches thoroughly, until the soap runs off the plant tissues. Inconsistent watering causes stress in pepper plants. Pepper leaf curl regularly appears on hot days, during the middle of summer; hot winds combined with low humidity cause leaves to cup in self-defense. Insect pests carry viral agents between plants, spreading these incurable diseases far and wide. Disinfect trowels, shovels and other tools with household bleach. I don't see insects on the leaves. Here, we're trying to troubleshoot an anomaly on my Philodendron 'Moonlight'; a leaf that is twisted, curled and wrinkled during development.This post focuses particularly on Philodendron and its cultivars (Moonlight, Prince of Orange, Congo Rojo, Pink Princess, etc.) Mite infestations cause the leaves to shrivel and not grow properly. Why are the leaves on my pepper plant small, thin and wrinkled with a lot of curled deformations and the main stem on the leaves are zigzagged? Sign up for our newsletter. Archived. Transplant Shock. 7. Viral diseases can cause curling leaves on peppers, among other symptoms like yellow spots, rings or bullseyes on leaves, as well as general unthriftiness. The PMMoV form of the virus exists in the soil and often the seed itself and is impossible to reverse once infected. Their lab can identify the virus by performing a simple test. Some more extreme cases are also getting dead ends (where flower should be blooming) and heavily scarred peppers. If the pepper plants in your garden start showing wrinkly or puckered leaves, they could be harboring a type of virus that results in stunted growth and distorted fruit, according to plant pathologists at the University of Florida's Cooperative Extension Service. Although severity of symptoms may vary with the type of pepper plant, a first sign of infection is the mild puckering or wrinkling of the leaves. A couple of days before moving potted pepper plants inside, it's a good idea to spray both sides of all leaves, stems, and the soil surface with insecticidal soap (see below). For this reason, rotate pepper plants to a different area of your garden each year. If you suspect a virus, immediately remove the infected plant to help prevent further disease spread and keep pests under control. If the entire pepper plant has curled leaves, it is likely one of the other issued mentioned. Peppers (Capsicum) Posted by Paul2032. Curled and bubbled leaves are the leaves that the insects have been eating. She also owns a food storage consulting business that specializes in freeze-dried foods and emergency preparedness products. Been eating not see aphids or other pests on the wrinkled leaves on pepper plants of the virus reduces! 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