I have a pepper plant that was growing great. It had 2 peppers and
several blosooms. This week the blooms turned yellow and began to fall
off. One of the peppers developed a dimes-sized, brown spot wihich is
soft. There is no bug holes. Does anything know what is happening. My
other pepper plants are not as robust but they seem to be healthy.
I've got the brown, soft spots on some of my peppers that are a variety
somewhat like green bell peppers. It looks and acts a little like the
blossom end rot that affects some of my tomatoes. Not an answer, but join
you in asking the question!
Lynn in NW Washington State
One of the things that I've always liked about peppers is their freedom from
fungal diseases. Bugs will bite holes in the leaves and fruit - miserable
grasshoppers, but I've never had problems spreading diseases when picking
them when they were damp. But then, I've never encountered a fungal disease
in peppers in all my many years of gardening.
I've raised many varieties of peppers over the years and found that the
"hot" varieties were easier to raise than the sweet bells. Most of the hot
varieties start setting fruit on much smaller plants and produce far more
fruit. Bells often abort small fruit from small plants or produce blossoms
that fell off without setting. I've found that this is also the case when a
sweet bell on a good sized plant set a number of peppers. At a certain point
they reach their limit and drop any new fruit that happens to set. If you
want to keep a sweet bell producing, pick the fruit as soon as they reach
usable size. If you happen to like ripe bells, be prepared for about a third
of the production. That's probably why they're far more expensive in produce
section than green bells.
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