New Pepper Problem
The peppers that were producing in my garden have started having
peppers ruin on the plant.
The peppers (bell) look just fine until the side that is up starts
Finally it just gets so soft it falls in.
Been getting 100 F days here, with no rain.
I've been watering them at night off and on.
Sounds like sunscald. This is caused by exposure of the fruit to
direct sunlight and is not a disease, but a physiological problem.
Sometimes the sunscalded areas will be colonized by a fungus, but
the fungus is the result of, not the cause of, the lesions on the
fruit. Sunscald is worse on plants that have been partly defoliated
by pests or leaf diseases.
It would help if you could somehow shade the peppers in the heat
of the day. It might also help to mist the plants during the hottest
part of the day, when they might be stressed and drooping despite
having plenty of soil moisture.
Wild chiles are found growing under 'nurse trees' where they
are sheltered from direct sunlight, and where the air is just a bit
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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