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I've had trouble with my peppers for several years now. I did a lot of research on the Internet, and apparently I have "PMMV" (Pepper Mild Mosaic Virus) in my soil. I tried moving my pepper patch to another location, and that worked fine last year but this year the virus has spread to those plants also.
From my reading, PMMV is a non-fatal virus that gets into the soil from growing an infected plant, and it gets spread from one plant to another by touch. You can't get rid of it once you've got it. It's most apparent when pepper plants are young, as the new-growth leaves have a crinkled appearance. Leaves become limp and often drop off - later, the plants kind of look like they've had hot water poured on them. This virus cuts my pepper production in half, and many remaining peppers are soft or misshapen. Blossoms don't set fruit right, and often drop off. PMMV is closely related to Tobacco Mosaic Virus.
It's no wonder I've got the virus in my soil. Now that I know what the symptoms look like, I noticed it this spring in a lot of pepper plants for sale in nurseries. From what I read, PMMV virus is very widespread.
My bell peppers are most affected by PMMV. My Sweet Banana peppers have the virus but still bear pretty well. Hot peppers such as Jalapenos and Garden Salsa don't seem to be bothered with it much.
Also from my reading, PMMV is a big problem for commercial growers. The Harris Moran seed company has developed a PMMV 1-2-3 resistant bell pepper called Centurion, but I've only been able to find the seed offered on a commercial scale.
Does anyone here know of a source of Centurion or other PMMV-resistant bell pepper plants or seeds for home gardeners? Thanks.