Fuzzy wuzzy was a pepper

Fuzzy pepperOn Sunday afternoon, a closer inspection of one of the growing Golden Yellow peppers revealed a strange fuzzy clump growing on the bottom.

It looks like mold to me, and my instinct is to go ahead and pick the pepper, cut that part away, and use the rest, assuming the inside isn’t rotten. But I can’t figure out why it would have mold on it in the first place, particularly since it’s one of the smaller, newer peppers.

A quick Google search yielded nothing. I found a great site with information about many other diseases and pests that affect tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and potatoes, but this particular mold didn’t show up on the list. The molds described on that site included those that affect the plant stalks, the leaves, everything but the peppers themselves.

Before I cut down the pepper, I thought I’d see what you, The Readers and Commenters of the Internet, had as recommendations. Time for harvest? Have any of you seen this before and, if so, do I need to watch for it spreading to other peppers?


9 Responses to “Fuzzy wuzzy was a pepper”

  1. 1 steven July 25, 2006 at 7:31 am

    This is a new one for me and the closest thing I could find was something not at all pleasant called Phytophthora Blight, but it mainly affected the stalks and leaves too. Look on the bright side, you may have discovered an entirely new plant disease and they’ll name it after you!

  2. 2 Trey July 25, 2006 at 11:08 am

    I agree with Steven on the Phytophthora. Here is a link. http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3116.html. good luck.

  3. 3 Trey July 25, 2006 at 11:16 am

    I included a period (.)at the end of the link above. It dosen’t work. Try this.

  4. 4 Judith July 25, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Trust your instinct. Cut it. Then take it out of the garden and don’t put any trimmings from it into your compost heap – just to be on the safer side. Then, keep an eye on the plant, and if it shows the symptoms at the link in Trey’s post, then remove the plant entirely, post haste.

    Meantime, fingers crossed that it’s just one of those weird things that show up and go away!

  5. 5 inadvertentgardener July 25, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Steven and Trey, thank you for the suggestion — that is a scary-sounding disease. I’m hoping that’s not the case, and that, instead, it’s just like Judith said — one of those weird things that shows up and goes away. We’ll see… So far the rest of the plant (and the other peppers on it) looks entirely healthy, so hopefully this was an anomaly.

    Judith, thanks for the advice, as well. I took it…stay tuned.

  6. 6 Janet July 29, 2006 at 11:00 am

    I suspect it’s just a little pepper that somehow got a break in its skin and therefore started going moldy, just as it could have in your fridge. Probably no cause for panic or even concern.

  7. 7 inadvertentgardener July 29, 2006 at 11:07 am

    Janet, I think you’re right — there’s been no further sign of disease on any of the other peppers, or the pepper plants, and I’ve been watching pretty closely.

  8. 8 Lizzie July 29, 2006 at 1:07 pm

    Burn it!

  9. 9 inadvertentgardener July 29, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    Oh, come now, Lizzie…there’s so much violence in the world already…

    Plus, it’s so freaking hot here that it probably would have spontaneously combusted if I’d left it on the plant, anyway. But I didn’t.

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