Peppers with Sunscald

One of our Pepper varieties in the Family of 4 Garden, ‘Mohawk,’ is exhibiting some sunscalded fruit. It is not very surprising, since the weather here has been scorchingly hot with lots of bright sunlight. This variety is a “dwarf” pepper, meaning it is very compact and good for containers. It also means that it apparently does not have enough leaves to protect the peppers from the sun!

SunscaldThis ugly, papery looking splotch is very characteristic of sunscald. It can also be a problem on tomatoes. There is nothing to do for this except to pick off the affected fruit and let the plant set more peppers!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on July 14, 2009, in Family of 4 Garden, Plant Problems & Diseases and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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