"Cute Stuff" bell peppers turning black on the bottoms?

KeOsikaJune 15, 2014

My stepmom has a few garden boxes in the back yard, in one of which she is growing "Cute Stuff" red, yellow, and green peppers. The green peppers don't really have any peppers on them yet, but seem to be starting to grow some.

The red and yellow peppers, on the other hand, have a few small (about an inch long), green fruits beginning to grow. They are firm and shiny, not rotten or soft and seem to be very healthy. Yet, for some reason, they are turning black on the bottoms, and the joints on the plants where the stems meet the stalk are blackish in color. I've attached a photograph of one of the red peppers with the strange coloration.

Is this normal? It's hard to research, since "black peppers" are another kind of pepper. Some sites I've read seem to think this is just part of their color transition. Others say it's a disease or lack of calcium. Most photos I find have rotten peppers, but other than the odd pigmentation, these peppers seem to be fine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I know nothing about growing peppers so I'm hoping this lovely community could help us out :)

PS: The yellow pepper has small, almost pinhead sized brownish-tan spots on a couple of the leaves. Other leaves are fine. Is that normal?

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My bell peppers had spots like that last summer, and I assumed it was "sunburn".

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 5:43PM
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Yep. Sunburn. Nothing to worry about RIGHT now, but colored bells take a while to ripen to final color and SUNSCALD might become an issue. The blackening will go way as it ripens, but too much sun on that area MIGHT turn into scald... a bleaching and rotting of the flesh. See what you can do to manipulate the foliage to shade it better or use some shade cloth during the peak of the day.

Blackening/purpling of the stems is completely normal.

Pics of the leaves would be helpful, but probably nothing to worry about.


    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 6:02PM
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Thanks so much guys! I didn't even think about sunburn/sunscalding. It makes sense, since the peppers get a lot of sun during the day and it is the middle of summer, lol. We'll try to readjust the foliage, and if we can't, I'm sure my dad can rig up something small to help protect them!

Glad to hear the blackening of the stems is normal :)

Thanks again! you certainly cleared up a lot of our questions!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 12:26PM
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