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Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Motherofdragons
Jun 19, 2018 12:39 PM CST
Hi,
I noticed something on my Thai Pepper plant. Any idea what this is and how to fix it?
Thank you.
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Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Motherofdragons
Jun 19, 2018 12:59 PM CST
Heres a couple more photos different angles.
Also, I have been using FoxFarm Fertilizers.
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Any help/tips much appreciated Smiling
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 19, 2018 1:42 PM CST
I'm not sure what I am looking at. Is there something fuzzy going on? Or is that light reflection? Is it affecting the leaves as well as the fruit?

Do you have your pepper in a container?

It may be blossom end rot caused by calcium deficiency. Its not necessarily a lack of calcium but the plants inability to use the existing calcium. Container grown peppers (and tomatoes) are very prone to this kind of calcium deficiency as it is caused by inconsistent watering. Container grown plants in an area like Palmdale would be prime candidates. This could happen even in the ground, if you are not keeping a consistent watering schedule.
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Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Motherofdragons
Jun 19, 2018 1:52 PM CST
DaisyI said:I'm not sure what I am looking at. Is there something fuzzy going on? Or is that light reflection? Is it affecting the leaves as well as the fruit?

Do you have your pepper in a container?

It may be blossom end rot caused by calcium deficiency. Its not necessarily a lack of calcium but the plants inability to use the existing calcium. Container grown peppers (and tomatoes) are very prone to this kind of calcium deficiency as it is caused by inconsistent watering. Container grown plants in an area like Palmdale would be prime candidates. This could happen even in the ground, if you are not keeping a consistent watering schedule.


Hi, Thank you for such a quick response! I took a closer look and it is not fuzzy, just the light reflection. I do not see anything on the leaves. The thai pepper plant is in a half whiskey barrel. Can you recommend a good organic calcium product that I could use for the peppers? Thanks so much! Smiling
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 19, 2018 2:28 PM CST
Two problems:

1. You don't know that the soil is lacking in calcium unless you do a soil test. It could be there is plenty of calcium but the roots can't use it.

2. Calcium is not that easy to add after the fact. The calcium has to be in the root zone so the plant roots can grow through it. Its not water-soluable.

Assuming you used potting soil in your half barrel, there is plenty of calcium already present (unless you reused your soil and didn't re-add nutrients before planting).

Work on your watering habits. If that doesn't fix it, dig up your pepper, mix in bone/blood meal, and replant it. Please do not try to fix it with Epsom salts.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a)
Motherofdragons
Jun 19, 2018 3:00 PM CST
Ok thank you so much. I will work on watering habits. The temperatures has gotten warmer considering it's desert weather. Hot/dry and windy Angry

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