Anaheim Peppers going soft on the vine

Pleasant Hill, CA(Zone 9b)

I went out yesterday to pick some peppers for a saute, and was dismayed to find that my anaheims have a weird brown thing going on. The area that is brown is soft (unusable). I cut it away, and the rest of the pepper seems fine.

Any ideas what is going on here?

I'm befuddled.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Hmmm, happygirl345, I suspected that maybe a BER (blossom end rot) problem. I understood it effects tomatoes but I haven't learned that it could effect peppers? More research is needed, since it's only a "hunts". BER is a problem with calcium deficiency in certain plants such as tomatoes so I've learned.

This message was edited Jul 1, 2013 11:52 AM

Madison, AL(Zone 7b)

Yes, BER can affect peppers. It's not necessarily calcium deficiency in the soil, though, it can be excess other nutrients. Inconsistent water can do it, too, or too much.

Peppers are just finicky sometimes. At this point, all you can do is control the water and do what you are doing, which is cut out the bad parts.

Pleasant Hill, CA(Zone 9b)

Maybe it's too much water. I have them on the same valve as potatoes and tomatoes... and I'm about ready to start weaning the tomatoes to less water.

I'm just worried because it is SO hot here these days (fourth day over 100 today).

Ahhh.. back to California wildfire season... sigh...

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Thanks Nicole, I'm learning something new today from you. happygirl345, praying for safety from wildfire. Good lucks with the peppers crop. Hope the problem with the fruits will soon be corrected.

Sierra Vista, AZ(Zone 8b)

I'm not sure, but it could be sun burn.

Pleasant Hill, CA(Zone 9b)

How about too much bone meal? I applied about two weeks ago... maybe it would take that long to uptake? It could also be a sunburn -- we went through a wicked-hot phase...

Sierra Vista, AZ(Zone 8b)

Bone meal can be overdone, but I think the damage would show up in the leaves of the plant. You're probably OK with the bone meal. How much did you apply? Was it coarse of fine? The reason I don't think it's BER is that the tips of the peppers look OK. If you can rig some mid-day shade, that would help if sun burn is the problem.

Here's a link to an article on phosphorus: Here's another site that discusses P:

I'm not sure why the first link above isn't working.

Pleasant Hill, CA(Zone 9b)

It's fine bone meal - and you are right - I don't think it's BER because the problem is mid-pepper. As for the bone meal, it is fine.

I am really beginning to suspect it's sunburn. I will find a way to give them a bit of afternoon shade.


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