Pepper plants girdled?
Hello all. New here.
Am relatively new to this and am running into an issue just today. My sweet pepper plants are falling over... they look girdled at the very point they are mulched up to.
Is this the result of some disease, fungal or otherwise? Has a rabbit come along and just chewed them at the base? The plants look otherwise healthy.
As mentioned, I did mulch my garden this year to combat weeds. The stem below the mulch has not rotted away, just the area right around where the stem exits the mulch.
The bell pepper plants right next to them are not having these issues and the rest of the garden seems fine.
Are these plants done for? Is it too late to do anything? Thanks for any advice.