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Just as salsa season nears, pepper blight returns

Jeneen Wiche

Weekend Gardener

 

About 40 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and has since spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers.

Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly, the fungus impacts the entire plant. I had a problem with this blight in my pepper patch and it seems as though it is back.

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