Strange coloration on ghosts?

tom_92July 26, 2014

Hey everyone,

I'm recently new to growing hot peppers and this forum. I've ran into a problem that I can't find a solution to. One of my plants peppers have an odd brown/purple coloration starting from the stem. Is this something I should be concerned about? I have no idea and I was hoping some help from people who know more than me can teach me. Thanks.

If it helps, I bought these from a local farmer as young plants. I bought peppers from him last year and they turned out great. We have warm weather here in NJ during the summer, and its been raining a lot lately. Im trying to make sure not to over water them.

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Here's another photo of another pepper.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:30PM
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Kinda looks like sunburn to me. I have it on some of mine too, the more experienced growers can tell you exactly what it is though.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:14PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Correct about the sunburn -- a mild case. The pepper will be fine.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:54PM
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Okay, thank you very much guys. I appreciate it.
What can I do to prevent it from worsening? It only gets afternoon sun as it is on the back patio.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:38PM
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You COULD shade it even more but I wouldn't worry about it since it's only a cosmetic issue and usually only affects a fruit or 3. Rotate the container maybe.


    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 12:10AM
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Thanks for the replies guys, I was fretting thinking my peppers were diseased or something.

I appreciate it.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 12:20AM
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jutsFL(9b (Orlando))

As they said above. When it ripens it will look normal as well.


    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:16AM
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Yep, sunburn. I have peppers that have much more of the discoloration. My Aji Limon are really sunburned but they tend to lose the discoloration when they ripen. I get it every year on some of my peppers and it never affects them negatively. I live in Wisconsin, so I would expect it to be worse down south. Nothing to worry about at all.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:32AM
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This may be one of my problems too. Growing in philly so not to far from your garden.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 6:46PM
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