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2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9500252

I do not know what happened here. The pepper was doing fantastic and then I looked and it was completely drooped. Not dead, just ALL leaves were limp. Water level was fine. (Earth box) and then I looked and found this on the bottom of two peppers. There is a possibility that too much Epsom salts were sprayed on them by a well meaning helper, could that have done this?

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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2013
5:53 PM

Post #9500393

Looks like blossom end rot to me- peppers do get it as well as tomatoes. The plant should outgrow it.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2013
6:44 PM

Post #9500450

I've never heard of BER effecting the way the plants look?

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2013
8:04 PM

Post #9500535

What Jo said...BER...
Seedfork
Enterprise, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2013
6:47 AM

Post #9500928

Here is a link about blossom end rot. But, there may be more going on here because you said the plants were drooped and all the leaves went limp. So it could also be over fertilization as mentioned in the article.
http://hort.uwex.edu/articles/blossom-end-rot
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2013
5:29 PM

Post #9501773

Thank you, it may be the excess magnesium from Epsom salts.
rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 30, 2013
6:52 AM

Post #9502467

[quote="2busygardening"]Thank you, it may be the excess magnesium from Epsom salts.[/quote]
Yes, it could simply be a "salt burn". Too much of almost any soluble chemical will damage tissue.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
4:57 PM

Post #9503237

I always wondered how earth containers flushed out excess salts. Top-water until the reservoir overflows?

Push a siphon tube down into the water reservoir and siphon it out?
Wet-dry vac ?
Tip the whole bucket on its side and pour?
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
5:06 PM

Post #9503253

Just had a thought is there anyway there could be a Stalk Borer in the main stem. They cause those symptoms. I've never had one but I've heard of them.
happygirl345
Pleasant Hill, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 8, 2013
6:38 AM

Post #9513040

I learned last year that peppers like bone meal as if it is crack cocaine. Just a bit (maybe a tablespoon every two weeks) -- they FLOURISHED - and I had a bumper crop. I haven't seen BER on peppers, but often fight it with my tomatoes - I always thought it was because the fruit got wet when it was setting.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2013
7:05 PM

Post #9513874

Bone meal is phospherous which is good for roots and fruit. BER is do to a lack of available calcium.

But that wouldn't have anything to do with the plant drooping.

This message was edited May 8, 2013 8:06 PM
LiseP
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2013
6:56 AM

Post #9518829

Thanks for that tip on the bone meal, happygirl345. Good to know.

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