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Clarrise77
Jun 13, 2016 2:20 PM CST
Can anyone tell me what the vine-like tendrils are on my green bell pepper plants? Been gardening for 30 years and never saw this before.


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KentPfeiffer
Jun 13, 2016 2:28 PM CST

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Some type of Dodder, a parasitic plant.

You might still be able to successfully remove it if it hasn't infiltrated the pepper, yet.
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Jun 14, 2016 5:34 AM CST
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Thomas75
Jun 14, 2016 6:22 AM CST
Clarrise77 said:Can anyone tell me what the vine-like tendrils are on my green bell pepper plants? Been gardening for 30 years and never saw this before.


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Try taking some scissors and cutting every vine as close to the ground as possible. This should kill the main plant and allow the other vines to die and dry up so they cam be removed.

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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2016 11:38 AM CST
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Your dodder is still small. Pulling it up and untangling it from the pepper will get rid of it IF it hasn't rooted into the pepper. Once that happens, the ties to the soil are severed. If I have an infected plant, I pull it. Its not something I want spreading to my other plants and it will attack anything.

Daisy

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