6 Reasons why your Chili Plant Leaves are Wilting/Drooping?

6 Reasons why your Chili Plant Leaves are Wilting/Drooping!

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Know some of the reasons why your Chili Plant Leaves are Wilting or drooping! Wilting chili plants is a nightmare, isn’t it!? However, for gardeners seeing their plant leaves getting wilt is a distressing thing. Wilting of leaves is one of the common problems seen in garden plants.

Quick takeaways:

  • The pepper plant leaves wilt have many issues like plants not well watered and they are getting dehydrated, chili plants getting overwatered leading to root rot, too much fertilization, etc.
  • Some common reasons are Pests or diseases, Transplantation shock, Chili plants are getting too much sunlight and the solutions is being explained belowed.

There are many reasons to relate to it. But here is the good news, you can get back and improve the wilting of chili plants. But what causes the leaves of the chili plant to wilt? You must check the chili plant if it is stressed by overwatering, underwatering, or another environmental issue. In this article, we will reveal the main 6 reasons why the chili plant leaves are wilting and how to fix the problems.

What makes the pepper plant leaves wilt? 

The drooping of chili plants or wilting of leaves is related to the issues like chili plants are not well watered and they are getting dehydrated, or chili plants are getting overwatered leading to root rot, or chili plants getting too dry due to too much sunlight, or too much fertilization, or transplantation shock while transplanting the chili plants, pests and diseases causing wilting of chili plant leaves, etc. 

6 Reasons why your Chili Plant Leaves are Wilting/Drooping

1. Chili plants are getting underwatered

The chili plants show drooping symptoms when they are underwater. The hot summer heat can dry the plant quickly. It is even seen that the pepper plants in the pots get easily dehydrated and dry faster due to drainage holes and heat. The reason might be that you are not checking the soil if it is too dry. Frequent watering is what chili plants need in summer weather or hot conditions. 


After watering the plant keep a frequent watch over the soil moisture. In case of full sun, check the soil by doing a finger test touching 1-2 inches of soil if it is dry. Then water the plant near the soil. Don’t overwater the chili plants. You can also mulch the soil or add shredded ark so that moisture remains in the soil and gets less evaporated. You can also deep water the pepper plants if you are not going to water them for a day or two. 

2. Chili plants are getting too much sunlight 

With the yellow chili leaves, you will witness the chili leaves getting dropped, this could be due to exposure to too much sunlight. One of the main causes that the chili plant leaves are wilting is due to too much sunlight. The sunlight takes out too much water from the leaves. The leaves getting dehydrated to prevent the extra loss of water will become droopy. They will wilt so water can be saved. The high temperature has a similar effect on chili plants. 


Though the chili plants like sunny spots, they like full sun. but the afternoon sun’s long exposure can hurt the chili plants. Move the potted chili plants to the spot where they get shade for a while in the afternoon. The chilly plant can be covered by a lightweight sunshade cloth during the peak sunlight hours. Though during the winter the pepper plants must be given the direct morning sun. 

3. Chili plants are getting overwatered 

The chili plants in later stages of growth can get overwatered if the soil is not draining water properly or the gardener is just overwatering the chili plant. Though the plant grows in hot conditions, the young chili plants need more water. But the roots of the plants in standing water can get damaged and rot. The least air in the soil will suffocate the roots and the leaves to save left-out water that starts to droop or wilt. 


The soil should be used of good quality that has good draining power. You can add some sand to increase the drainage of the soil. Check the top 1-2 inches of soil if it is dry or wet. In case the soil is moist, avoid watering the plant. Make sure the soil stays moist but not soggy. 

To know more about the plant world, you may also read related articles, How deep can you plant Peppers? (Can they be planted deep like Tomatoes?)

4. Too much fertilization 

Overfertilization can cause fertilizer burn in which the roots of the plant ultimately die due to high nitrogen levels in the soil. This is often caused by nitrogen toxicity or sat buildup, which kills the root and then the whole plant. The plant starts to look lifeless and droopy. 


Wash the soil with heavy watering so the build-up stays. Check if the roots are fine, prune the affected roots, and replant them back into the soil. You can also change the soil that is clean and fertile. 

5. Pests or diseases 

Check your wilting chili plants if there is any aphid colony reading under the surface of leaves or what! Because pest attacks and diseases can be the reason that the plants are getting droopy. The pest sucks the nutrients and water from the chili making them weak. The plant as a response to the harmful stimulus tries to save the water and starts to wilt. Even though the weak plants can’t stay erect for long. Diseases like verticillium wilt and fusarium can easily affect the pepper plants and make them drop combined with other symptoms like yellowing of eaves, etc. 


Use the fungicidal sprays to clear off the fungal growth. Also, it is beneficial if you avoid planting the pepper plant at the spot in the garden for two to three years. Let the soil nutrients replenish again. Use clean soil, and use a neem oil spray to get rid of aphids on the chili plants.  Washing the plant with the water jet through the hose will also wash off the pests from the plant. Otherwise use insecticidal soap spray over the plants. 

6. Transplantation shock

Have you transplanted the chili plant from container to ground or from ground to container? Then there are chances that they are under transplant shock. The other reason can be that the chili plants are not hardening off and the plant is under transplantation shock. The wilting of leaves is the first signal they show in transplantation shock. 


Keep the soil moist and let roots get familiar with the soil and surroundings. Healthy roots give healthy plants. Let the plant harden off before transplanting. Don’t do the transplantation of the chili plant unprepared. You can harden off the plant by keeping the plant in the wind, sun, and lower humidity for any time possible or a few hours of the day. This will make the plant familiar with the conditions that they will be facing outdoors. 

Final words of the context

We hope this article was useful to you in understanding the reasons why chili plants are not upright anymore. The chili plants need good warmth to grow well. The plant in the early growing season needs regular watering. Just not that the soil should be moist but not stay wet for long. The soil that is well draining has the least negative effect on the roots, look at all the reasons we have uploaded above. Happy planting! 


Should I cut off drooping leaves? 

The dropping leaves are the weakest leaves and these leaves are likely to get attacked more by pests than other leaves. You should remove and cut off the drooping leaves so that the other leaves don’t get affected. 

Becky Decker