My bell peppers are showing black areas at the stem where limbs join and there are some black streaks on the fruit itself. Is this normal or a disease?
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Bell peppers often have a purple-black coloration at points where stems meet, but if the black color is a solid black and the area is shriveled, this would indicate the black area is the issue.
One thing that I can think of that could be causing the issue is a condition called stem scald, which normally happens on the main stem. What happens is a heat source can focus heat on a part of the stem and it wilts. It is known to happen when plastic is used and it focuses the heat onto a part of the stem. Since you are also seeing streaks on the fruit, I would say it's sunscald. Providing shade for the plants will help with this.