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Blossom End Rot

  • The side or bottom of the pepper turns tan and soft, then black and sunken
  • Affects only fruit
  • Secondary rot from fungi or bacteria may occur on affected fruit
  • Fruit may look short or stumpy, not fully expanded
  • Common when water levels vary from irrigation or drought followed by rain
  • More information on Blossom End Rot...
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Anthracnose Fruit Rot
Colletotrichum coccodes

  • Fruit spots are sunken and round
  • Infections are visible only on ripe and over ripe peppers
  • Mature fruit spots have a black center
  • Fruit spots produce pink spores with moisture
  • No visible spots on leaves and stems
  • Also occurs on tomato and eggplant
  • More information on Anthracnose Fruit Rot ...
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Sunscald

  • Fruit turns tan or white on exposed side, may dry out and appear wrinkled
  • Affects fruit, young leaves and stems
  • Occurs only on tissue exposed to the sun
  • Young leaves of transplants turn grey with irregular bands on the lower side
  • Young stems of transplants turn white on exposed side only
  • More information on Sunscald ...
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Phytophthora Blight
Phytophthora capsici

  • Soft water soaked spots form on fruit
  • Water soaked to tan bleached spots may form on leaves
  • Fruit wither but remain attached and become coated in white fungal growth
  • Entire plant wilts and turns brown
  • Dark sunken spots form on stems, all leaves beyond this spot wilt
  • Disease spreads very rapidly in cool wet weather
  • More information on Phytophthora Blight...

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