The Q&A Archives: Brown Spots on Banana Peppers

Question: Seven out of eight of my Bananarama peppers have developed a brown spot right where the pepper curves. The spots are between 1/2" and 1" long. The plant is large and the fruits do not touch the ground. It gets sun almost all day, is planted in mushroom soil, and I water in the evenings after the sun goes down. What is causing this, and how can I prvent it?

Answer: I think you are describing blossom end rot which occurs at the end of the pepper opposite the stem. While it is often attributed to calcium deficiency in the soil, it also appears in cases of fluctuating soil moisture levels. Remedies include adding organic matter to the soil to increase its moisture holding capacity, keeping plants evenly moist, using a mulch, and in some cases spraying plants with a blossom end rot spray (contains calcium) which can usually be purchased from your local garden center.

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