Spicy exchange / 2023
Black on pepper plants
Not sure where to start? I've put together a 34-page guide to help you grow an abundant harvest.
Some peppers naturally have black or dark purple leaves or fruit. Other types have fruit that darkens at some point throughout the maturity process. If everything else about the plant seems healthy, it may not be cause for concern!
If you notice the bottom of your pepper fruit turning black and becoming mushy, it could signify blossom end rot. This condition is typically caused by issues related to calcium uptake in the plant. It's also common in tomatoes.
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If you notice a black ring around the stem of your pepper plant, it may be a sign of Phytophthora blight. As the disease progresses, these lesions spread, causing the plant to wilt and turn yellow.
The "green thumb" is a myth — with the right information, anyone can successfully grow peppers. Enjoy this free 34-page guide to help you grow an abundant harvest.