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Q.I think my peppers have a fungus or bugs

Zone Houston | jeffb added on March 22, 2012 | Answered

I have bell peppers. They have already given fruit, and at one time they had 15 or more beautiful peppers on each of them. Now in March, the leaves look awful. They curl up and over, they have holes in them, they’re yellow and brown in spots. The stems look fine, I have great soil, and they are in pots with plenty of irrigation. They recieve lots of sun and plenty of shade. I water them daily. I had to throw one of them away.

I am now down to 2 plants, and in the process of growing 2 dozen from seed hoping a few will survive. Do I have a fungus? I spray with Natria to kill any bugs. Do they lack minerals? What can I do? I am hoping my seeds take, so that I can maybe throw these ones away. I live in Houston, Texas. My plants grow on my deck in pots. All my other vegatables are great, it’s just my peppers that look like hell. I am starting to see little flowers again, and I think I will have more fruit after summer, just like last year.

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Answered on March 26, 2012

It sounds like you peppers may have broad mites. They are very small and if you have them, you will see tiny specks on the underside of the leaves.

I would recommend treating with neem oil or some other miticide. Neem oil is organic and safe for humans and beneficial bugs.

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