Physiological Disorders

Sunscald

Sunscald occurs when the pepper fruit receives too much sun. Wide plant spacing and defoliation by bacterial spot may result in sunscald. Breakage of stems by pickers will also open the plant and result in sunscald. Promote good foliage growth with proper fertilization and irrigation during prolonged periods of hot weather. Staking plants can reduce lodging and sunscald.

Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot is caused by flucuating soil moisture and movement of calcium in the plant. Symptoms begin as a sunken spots on the sides and blossom end of pepper, which can become infected with secondary fungi.