The leaves on my chili plant have started wrinkling up. This is happening on even the new leaves. The plant is still flowering and producing chilis though.



Any ideas as to what is causing this? I don't think it is over watering because I only water if the soil is not damp and I have another chili plant, of a different species which is not showing these symptoms.

If it matters, I recently repotted the plants to a larger pot.

  • Have you looked at the undersurface and elsewhere with a magnifying lens to see if you have an insect infestation? Apr 26, 2016 at 7:01
  • When you repotted it, did you simply place the root ball into a bigger pot with additional soil on the bottom and sides or did you do something more?
    – user13580
    Apr 26, 2016 at 7:06
  • @GrahamChiu no infestation, also, identical symptons on 2/3 plants.
    – zsquare
    Apr 26, 2016 at 7:37
  • @JimYoung apart from that, added a little organic fertilizer on the bottom layer. The soil that the plant was originally in was not the same as I added at the bottom.
    – zsquare
    Apr 26, 2016 at 7:38
  • My experience w leaves rolling when no infestation, has been excess of salts in the soil. Do you ever let water run all the way through the pot? Does it have a hole in the bottom? Otherwise salt buildup can happen quite easily.
    – gorav
    Apr 28, 2016 at 23:51

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(Using Eggplants as a proxy - they are the same family - I've never grown Chilies though) - This is probably not something to worry too about - its most likely simply due to stress (ie stress of transplanting).

It could also be related to extremes in temperature. You may want to ensure the plants are getting adequate water, but the leaves look healthy enough.

  • I would agree - I often see it with new leaves, and the leaves straighten themselves out over time. Aphids can produce similar symptoms but you've checked for those.
    – winwaed
    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:44
  • Ah, ok. Will wait and see.
    – zsquare
    Apr 26, 2016 at 16:44
  • Ok, so 5 days later, newer leaves seem to be coming out straight. Looks like the stress was the reason. Wish these things came with a dashboard... sigh!
    – zsquare
    May 1, 2016 at 6:17

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