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Tagged: Pepper problems
My bell peppers start out looking great, have lots of blossoms, but peppers only get 1-or maybe 2 inches long and develop brown rot at area where stem cap meets fruit.This has been a chronic problem for last couple years. What am I doing wrong?
Where the pepper fruit meets the stem–the cap–is the location of abscission cells are located. A plant will abscise or drop fruit when stressed. The abscission cells dry up and the fruit separates. If the plant is stressed it will drop fruit first. Make sure the soil is well drained; add aged compost to feed the soil. If you are planting peppers in the same spot each year, rotate them to a new planting bed for at least 3 years. Fruit drop can also happen when temperatures dip too low–into the 50sF–or are too hot, greater than 90F. Do not use nitrogen rich fertilizers and keep the soil just moist.