Crispy Leaves On Vegetable & Strawberry Plants

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How do I know if my eggplants, cucumber and strawberries are getting too much sun?

The strawberries leaves are getting crispy and burnt looking. Some of the rip strawberries look dehydrated. (just learned that ripe ones should be picked when ripe)

It looks like the cucumbers and eggplants are shrinking.

I did find some bugs and treated with AzaMax, local garden place says that should treat the aphids and little flies I found. Is this why stuff wasn't growing? Or is this stuff getting too much sun? I thought these were full sun varieties.

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Jimena-These three plants should take full sun all day long if watered properly. It sounds as if they are not recieving enought water. The drying, crispy looking, burnt leaves and dehydrated fruit sounds like to little water. The eggplant and cucumbers can swell somewhat with too much water, but will shrink or never acheive correct size with too little water. You should dig down a few inches and make sure your garden is staying moist, not wet, or too dry. I would first make sure they are getting enough water as to much sun should not be a problem in Zone 9.


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Jimena Saravia

Jimena Saravia · Gardenality Sprout · Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F
Thanks John, I think they might be getting too much water. The soil is moist all day. I was watering 5 min in the morning and 5 min at night.

11 years ago ·
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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Jimena-Yes, too much water is just as bad as to little water. Make sure the soil is never wet. Cucumbers require 1 inch of water per week; too much or too little can stress the plant and its growth. They grow deep root systems and should be watered only at their base. Use a slow trickle of water and allow the soil to dry between watering. Eggplant is fairly drought tolerant and should not be overwatered as it is susceptible to root rot. Mulching around the plant will help maintain even moisture. Watering may be increased when blooms appear.

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