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Peppers narrow at base of stalk and die

Posted by genevaben FL (My Page) on
Thu, May 10, 12 at 10:45

I live in central florda and have cayenne, jalapeno, bell and banna peppers planted in a raised garden bed. Plants were started as seeds. Some of them have started narrowing at the base of the stalk near where the stalk comes out of the soil. Once this starts, the plant falls over and the leaves shrivle and die.....any ideas? thanks!


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RE: Peppers narrow at base of stalk and die

How old / big are they? If still seedlings, sounds like damping off.


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RE: Peppers narrow at base of stalk and die

That's most likely damp off caused by fungi and soil that is too wet. Make sure your soil is well drained, and don't over water.


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RE: Peppers narrow at base of stalk and die

thanks for the help, BTW the plants are about 6 weeks old and 12 to 18 inch high....my raised beds have a lot of peat in them and retain water really well---will back off on the watering and maybe next year have a bed for peppers only with less peat??? thanks


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RE: Peppers narrow at base of stalk and die

Peat is very water retensive. That explains it.


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RE: Peppers narrow at base of stalk and die

  • Posted by esox07 4b Wisconsin (My Page) on
    Thu, May 10, 12 at 18:01

It is 99% damping off fungus and as stated, over watering, by you or mother nature is the culprit.
Bruce


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RE: Peppers narrow at base of stalk and die

One option is to add lots of bark to your raised bed to improve drainage. This will make your watering less critical. May need to add lime though as this would be an acidic mix.


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