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BER on Red Bell?

Posted by clemsontyger MS (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 21, 14 at 20:22

I am 99.9% sure this is BER on my sweet red bell, but not sure what is causing it. I had 2 very large, fantastic peppers, but then the next 4-5 all started developing like what you see in the pics. I try to maintain even watering, but possible I could be letting them get too dry and then over watering. We also had a period where we got rain like every day for almost two weeks a while back, which is rare for this area (MS).

I had also been using Miracle Grow, which I read could contribute to them not taking up Calcium as effectively. Any ideas? ANd if not Miracle Grow, what is a good fertilizer i could be using for both my peppers in container and tomatoes in my raised bed?

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RE: BER on Red Bell?

Excess rain (water) could impair the uptake of Calcium, sure.
Also, Miracle Grow doesn't have sufficient Calcium, so you'll probably want a supplement such as Cal-Mag.


RE: BER on Red Bell?

  • Posted by Drew51 5b/6a SE MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 13:52

I have been having good luck using small doses of calcium nitrate . BER can be caused by too much or too little water, both will do it. Unable to control mother nature, or even my vacation schedule, I have wound up with both extremes. No BER, but many have yet to produce fruit, so it still may be a problem. I'm even growing a paste and they look good!
My thinking is if the plants lose the ability to absorb calcium, well they are starting off saturated with calcium, due to a small weekly dose (1/4 tsp).
One plant has started to produce, tomatoes are for sauce, variety is Russo Sicilian Togetta

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