Why are my stalks turning black?

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asked May 31, 2013 by Heidi Honberger
I am growing various types of peppers and I am noticing the stalks are beginning to turn black. The leaves are still green but at the main stalk and where they branch out, they are blackening. Does anyone know why this is happening and what I can do?

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answered May 31, 2013 by Dulcamara Malatesta
A blackened stem indicates there's too much water. Probably the soil you're using is not drained enough and/or you are watering them too much. Peppers need well drained soil and plenty of sun. They don't mind a day or two without water. In North Italy the best pepper-growing areas are where gravel is plentiful in the soil, such as near rivers.

I would start by decreasing water and also consider adding sand to the soil if your soil is rich and tends to retain moisture.

Hope this helps. Keep us posted!