Jalapeno Peppers Wilt and Die - Knowledgebase Question

Hana, HI
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Question by satish
September 30, 1998
My peppers are very healthy. They do produce. For some reason they just start wilting and die. One day the plant is very healthy, and next they are wilting.

Answer from NGA
September 30, 1998
It sounds like your plants have a "plumbing problem". This is usually due to root damage (feeding insects, nematodes, etc.) or a vascular wilt (a fungus that plug us the water supply pipeline in the plant). Dig up a plant in the latter stages of decline. Look at the roots for obvious severed roots or knots from nematodes. Then split the stem lengthwise and look for a brown streak in the area between the outer "bark" and inner stem tissues. This is indicative of a vascular wilt such as fusarium or verticillium. There is no cure for these. You must locate future plantings in a spot that doesn't have the disease or in fresh planting mix in containers.

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