Identify this disease.....

peppernoviceAugust 25, 2012

I'm sure most people will say BER. I don't believe that's what this is. I've noticed this on several peppers(different varieties). I've also noticed I have 1 variety (datil cross)that is suffering from internal issues. Is there anything I can do to correct it this late in the season? It's frustrating to see all these ripe peppers that are affected by whatever this is!

Tim

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peppernovice

I'm so frustrated that I forgot to add the pic!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 2:13PM
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ottawapepper

I'm not sure it's a disease. The lower pod looks like it has 3 round bites taken out of the skin. I'm thinking it might be a pest. I have earwigs taking bites out of my pods and they basically rod starting in the exposed area. Once rot sets in they move to a new area or if the rot has spread, to a new pod.

I'll be posting a few shots in my grow log thread for tsheets on damage area types.

Here's a cropped shot of one I posted earlier. The shot shows various wound areas and rot setting in.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 3:16PM
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peppernovice

Thanks Bill. What do you use to treat the plants? I've mostly just sprayed with insecticidal soap. I've used Sevins Dust on my tomatoes in the past, but I know a lot of folks here prefer not to use it. Is there something in the middle that would work? Thanks.
Tim

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 3:30PM
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ottawapepper

I use organic Diatomaceous earth.

Spread it around soil in pots and around pot bases. Re-apply after rain or watering.

Here is a link that might be useful: Diatomaceous earth

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 3:36PM
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peppernovice

I would assume the seeds would still be okay to harvest?

Tim

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 4:08PM
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ottawapepper

Sorry, just saw your follow-up.

If the rot hasn't spread to the placenta/seeds then yes, harvest.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 8:06PM
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habjolokia

Yeah, earwigs are punks, killed a nest when digging a hole for a seedling in the start of the season. I also noticed a lot of baby black stink bugs around my plants they damage peppers also and cause rot after they pierce the pod. I can't stand to see a pod go to waste because of rot, at least if they want to take a bite save me the suffering of seeing a pod rot and eat the whole thing so I don't know it's gone.

Mark

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 8:20PM
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peppernovice

It wouldn't be so bad if they would just eat one or two whole pods. Instead they would rather take one bite out of 15 or 20. It drives me nuts!

Tim

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 9:11PM
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