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Pepper problem.

(7 Posts)
muse Sat 14-Aug-21 13:47:20

These are my peppers (not fully grown yet) and everyone eventually, is getting these holes in. Over a few days the holes get bigger and bigger .
I’ve cut open a couple and found nothing. I’ve been down at night and nothing.
6 pots in the poly tunnel, water and fed as instructions say.

First time I’ve grown them and so disappointed.

What is doing it and how to stop it?

Jaxjacky Sat 14-Aug-21 14:50:17

Possibly small snails/slugs that hide in crevices or under pots during the day, I’ve had it before. Then the woodlice get in the holes, doubly annoying.

MiniMoon Sat 14-Aug-21 16:34:33

Have a read of this article about pests on pepper plants.
I'm off to check on our chilli peppers just in case.

H1954 Sat 14-Aug-21 16:38:15

I have never had success with peppers and I've tried growing them for five or six years now. I wouldn't have bothered this year to be honest because I always end up with holes in them too. I've never been able to determine what pest is causing this and quite often the almost ripened pepper will go mushy and bad.

muse Sat 14-Aug-21 16:49:49

I’ve put netting on today and do check for slugs at night. A few in the tunnel but on the ground near lettuce. Nothing on the bench where the pots are. I’m putting a beer trap near them as well. There’s no damage to the leaves. 🤞

I’ve grown 🌶 chillies a lot successfully.

BlueBelle Sat 14-Aug-21 16:59:39

I did half a dozen peas in a pot in my garden which got eaten to the soil so I took them out and put six new ones in with a complete covering of net They had grown to about 4 inches
I came down today and they ve been eaten to the soil and net was still completely in place 🤷🏼‍♀️🙃
Very disappointing though

Farmor15 Sat 14-Aug-21 17:48:52

Agree with Jaxjacky slugs and woodlice probably the culprits - earwigs too are a possibility. I pick as soon as I notice any damage, even if not fully grown and ripe. Can still use- just cut away damaged bits. Best peppers we’ve grown are ones from seed collected from ordinary shop bought peppers.