Tomato Plants

What Does Fungus or Mold Look Like and How Do You Treat It?

bjofoster added on July 10, 2012 | Answered

My tomatoes are black on the bottom and pepper plants are black in the elbows of the branches. Do I have 2 dispose of the whole plant or is there a treatment?

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Answered on July 11, 2012

It sounds like your tomatoes may have some blossom end rot, which is treatable. Here is more information:

As for the peppers, 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 a possible issue, such as 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.

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