What Is Causing My Peppers to Rot?

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  1. hummerbum

    hummerbum In Flower

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    I've had to throw away 2 nice sized peppers (one dropped off and the other came off to the touch this morning) because of this issue. What is causing them to rot like that? The other peppers look awesome!!! The plants themselves are amazing, very healthy. See....

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    These plants have quite a few peppers on them (2 plants)
    And yes, those are zinnia and cosmos seeds...I even put a few okra seeds in there this past Sunday.
     
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    We bought a container of liquid calcium this year for spraying on our apple trees to combat bitter pit on them... we spray it on literally everything. calcium is a building block for the cells of the plants to produce healthy hearty plants and fruit. Sometimes even when we add calcium to the soil it is locked in the soil without tha plant being able to utilize the nutrient, due to Ph issues. You can buy a container at the garden ctr section of most stores. it is just labeled as Blossom End Rot spray. get some and spray it on your plants next year. We spray every couple weeks especially if there is a heavy fruit load.
     
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    Thank you Tony and Carolyn!!! I will definitely do that...but it will have to wait until after this hurricane..may be evacuating tomorrow or thursday morn.
     
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    stay safe.
     
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    Stay safe and let us know how you are.
     
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    @hummerbum - be careful, stay safe, let us know what is happening and how you're doing.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Yes be careful of this storm. If you have Epsom salts dissolve a good tbsp in a spray bottle like a windex bottle and spray the leaves of the pepper plant. It helps with blossom end rot. Next year just work a couple of tbsp into the soil when you plant.
     
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    I hate to be an old fuddy-duddy and disagree here...but I suspect that the lesions exhibited on your pics are those of Anthracnose....a fungus.
    I am not 100% sure of this, but I do not find the lesions typical for blossom end rot.
    Should I be right about this, I do not think that there is a cure and would suggest getting rid of the plants and all fruits in a careful manner so that you will not inoculate your soil. Handle and work in a sort of quarantine way if possible. Just use as much care as you can.

    p.s. I hope that you and yours are alright with all this weather over there.
     
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    Mmm, I have a few every year that do the same thing. Others are fine. I just treat as BER. They said the other peppers are fine so I would treat as blossom end rot first.
     
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    I think that Mart's suggestion is a good one because if you just remove the manky-looking ones and it comes back....you can always THEN get rid of everything. And if it does not manifest itself again, then you're good to go.
    Good idea, Mart.
     
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    Hi everyone!!! I'm safe and sound. Thank you for the safety wishes!!! It was scary out there though. Savannah, as you probably know, was hit pretty hard. Everyone is back for the most part and clean up is well under way. Again thank you all!! Great to have friends to worry about you. Guess what I picked this past Sunday!!! Ain't they perty???? Yes I know...the pic is huge....new phone, forgot to adjust the setting BEFORE I took pics.


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    Well, we were worried about you, and also about any of our other members that were in the path of the storm. So glad to hear you are all right, picking vegetables, and out of harm's way.
    Don't scare us like that again!
     
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    Marlingardener....I will do my best to not do that again!!! :)
     

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