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steph
Mitchell, SD
Posts: 11
Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:12 pm   Post subject: Help! My bell peppers are turning brown.


I have several bell pepper plants that have fruit already on them, but are getting brown before they mature. These are actually sweet red bell peppers and at first I just thought they were beginning to turn red, but it looks more like the color of bread crust. One pepper has one whole side that looks that way and others have spots toward the bottom of them. Anyone know what this could be? The plants themselves look healthy. Please respond with any ideas.
Thanks,
Steph




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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
Posts: 2436
Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:44 pm   


Are the brown spots dried out looking?
or soft and pulpy, like rot?
Some of the possibilities range from fungal to viral to bacterial.

Or, maybe you are having one of these problems ~
Quote:
Abiotic Disorders The most common problems with peppers are the abiotic physiological disorders. Blossom End rot occurs from calcium deficiency, and sporadic water and moisture fluctuations. The blossom end dries, turns brown to black and feels leathery. It can spread over half of the fruit. Sun scald is another physiological disorder that occurs commonly on sweet peppers when the fruit is exposed to hot sun. The flesh becomes light, dry and papery on areas that had direct sunlight on them.


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North Texas, Zone 8a
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Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:53 pm   


http://www.gardenstew.com/about6287.html
This is the link for a topic from another of our members, Mountain Juggalo, who had a problem with his peppers back in early June and it could be what you have seeing on your peppers too.
There are a couple links in that topic you might check out too.

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steph
Mitchell, SD
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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:08 pm   Post subject: Brown spots on peppers.


I took pictures of one of the "turning brown peppers". I hope that helps someone to recognize the problem. Now if I can only figure out the posting of images I'll be in good shape!





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Uncle Jabba
North Carolina
Posts: 36
Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:08 pm   


This sounds and looks like blossom end rot. I have it also right now. I feel that my problem has been not watering enough. Tomorrow I mulch the peppers and begin to water regulalry. I know this is a calcium deficiency issue when the plant can not absorb the calcium because of either under or over watering. I have been cheap with turning on my drip irrigation. I figured it had rained enough because the plants have not been droopy and are growing fine. I also sent my soil in for testing this spring and know I have a good ph level and had no need for lime, so it must be drought related. Here are a couple of good links.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3117.html
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/notes/oldnotes/vg19.htm

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