Hello, I apologize if this is an incorrect way to introduce myself, but I recently started some light home veggie gardening using pots for the first time in my life:P. I started out with Sweet Basil, Better Boy Tomato's, Green and Red Bell Peppers. My Basil has grown GREAT, Tomato's not as much. Growing strong but no Tomato's have sprouted (maybe started too late) - My Bell Peppers however up until recently were doing great!
I say recently becuase in the last 2 weeks they have gotten progressivly weaker as the days have gone by. I started out with 8 inch pots, using Miracle Grow Organic potting Soil. I Also used Miracle Grow Liquid PLant Food within this past 2 weeks. I noticed a strong smell coming from the pots last week as the leaves started to droop. I looked to the overflow opening under the pots and saw a residue starting to form. I over the last few days have been trying to keep the water clean and yet the smell and the filmy milky buildup continued.
I finally decided to repot (something Id planned to do anyway) as my plants had started to get a little too big for the pots I had them originally planted them in and in hopes of seeing if the roots on my Bell Peppers had been rotting due to over watering. I cleaned out the bottom of the B.P.s, replanted in fresh soil (Same kind as original) yesterday and included some mineral/plant food Id purchased (non liquid ).
I am hoping what I did will resolve the issue. It has been pretty hot the last few weeks (90-100 F.). I also have been liberally watering them ( too much Im starting to think after finding stagnant water in the overflow under the pots) but plan on easing that up since seeing the rot underneath. I am including pictures becuase I was hopeing the community might have some insight or advice on the issue. I don't want to lose my plant so any recommendations based on my descriptions and pictures would be welcome! My Green has 1 nice growing pepper, my red has several fruits of various sizes. Thanks in advance!