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Old 08-04-2008, 11:07 PM   #1
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Pepper Problems

My Marconi peppers are producing like crazy, but instead of ripening to a nice red, they are rotting!! HELP!

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Old 08-04-2008, 11:40 PM   #2
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Me too! I love to garden, this year all of my Anahiem's are rotting on the bottom! I have no idea what's up. The rest of the peppers are A.O.K. By the CT., I graduated from H.S. in W. Hartford (Hall H.S.) H.S. sucked but boy do I miss the E. Coast! I'm an East Coast girl down in my bones, but I don't know how anyone can afford to live there!
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:06 AM   #3
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Your plants are suffering from blossom end rot. Your local garden center can give you something to treat them with.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:14 AM   #4
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Blossom End Rot is fairly common but not always easy to fix. My zucchini this year had a case but I think I have it on the run.

Typically it is a byproduct of low phosphorus in your soil. There is a complicated process involved in fixing it, but the easy thing to try is adding Epsom Salts. Try dissolving some in water and pouring on the leafs as well as around the plants. It may help. It worked for the Zucchs...
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:29 AM   #5
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Read this....next year will/can be better! Pay particular attention to moisture control, and fertilizers used. Instead of ammonia nitrates, look for Calcium nitrate to side dress your plants...HTH

http://agbiopubs.sdstate.edu/articles/FS909.pdf
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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We had this problem a few years ago with bell peppers. SO got some stuff from the garden center and sprayed it on the plants. Saved most of the crop that year.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:04 AM   #7
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Thanks for the articles, I'm going to read them when I get home. The strange thing is all of my peppers are planted in huge pots with the same soil mix. Only one pot is suffering.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:36 AM   #8
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Your soil may not be the root cause....consider the moisture available to the plant...more than or less than the others? ....Heavier fruit set? Then again...blossom end rot may not be the problem...I dunno...If you go to a garden center...take a speciman with you...maybe they can help diagnose the exact problem, and recommend a treatment.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:11 PM   #9
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Well, you learn something everyday. I thought that was just a tomato disease! thanks guys!!
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:20 AM   #10
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I had the problem with plum tomatoes I grew in pots. Rotating the crops did away with it (in other words, next year put something else in the spot where you're putting peppers now). Also, you may be over-watering.
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