The Q&A Archives: Rotten Cherry Peppers

Question: I have been growing hot cherry peppers for years. However, this year, while the outside of the peppers appear to be developing normally, when they are sliced open, the seeds are brown and slimy. Help.

Answer: It sounds like your peppers may be suffering from a fungus called ripe rot. This tends to affect pimiento peppers more than others. The infection can occur early in the season but does not become evident until or after harvest. You might wish to contact your County Extension (566-0673) for a definite identification of the problem and suggested fungicide or other controls.

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