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Warding off pepper blight

Jeneen Wiche

Weekend Gardener

 

About 45 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and since, it has 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.