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Can anyone tell me why my peppers are turning black?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,996

    In what way 'turning black' - are they ripening to a blackish red, or are they rotting?  Can you post a pic?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Depending on the variety peppers usually go from green to black before they turn red, one of life's wondersimage

  • Hi theyre still quite small and green but it looks like black patchy mould growing in the skin, sorry  havent got a pic, they dont seem as if theyre rotting

    im not sure of the variety of pepper as i got them given but i know theyre red peppers, but if they do go from green to black to red ill just leave them

    many thanks


  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    imageBlack patchy mould doesn't sound good. Does the mould come off when you run you finger on it?

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Barbara, does the mould look anything like this?



  • Hi, no i dont think its a mould its just the skin is black instead of green, and the skin is still quite shiny, like a pepper should be

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Can you post a photo? If it's not mould or disease, it could be that it's actually a black variety. It wouldn't be the first time a wrong seed was planted. They can come in all sorts of colours - brown, black, purple. If a black, left to mature on the plant, it will eventually turn green.


  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    I bought  plants from B&Q last year "chocolate"  this gave me  "chocolate" then  before I could use a ny more they started turning green to red  .With leaving on the plant longer The green to reds gave  a much fleshier pepper (capsicum) . though this may have been due to   the blood fish and bone when I eventuly repotted  and lots of water - who knows? 

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