Brown Spots on Bell Peppers: Reasons and Solution

Bell peppers are the right ingredient to make your food a bit spicy. But from time to time some brown spots may invade and destroy the pepper altogether.

Then you might have to throw it away and grow some news one. Or perhaps run to the store to get some for the special dinner you were planning to prepare.

So, the main question is why do you see brown spots on bell peppers and how can you resolve that matter?

Well, there are a lot of reason for that. And we’ll go through all of them one by one. On top of that, we’ll also throw in some solutions that’ll help you out in the long run.

So, sit back and enjoy our gardening tips.

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Reasons and Solutions for Brown Spots on Bell Peppers?

 We suggest you buckle up your seats. It’s time to start explaining the mystery behind those brown spots on your plant.

Now, the question is are you ready? Well, if the answer is yes then let’s get started.

Reason 1: Calcium Deficiency in the Soil

The first and foremost reason for the brown spots on your bell pepper might be calcium deficiency. Now there can be two scenarios in this case.

One is that the soil might not be rich in calcium. So, the plant might end up not getting sufficient calcium it needs to grow.

And the brown spot on your bell pepper might be a sign of your plant telling you it needs more calcium.

Another case might be that the plant itself cannot take in the calcium from the soil. Yes, that can happen sometimes. You see, the plants might lack the strength to take in calcium.

However, no matter what the problem is it can all be solved. And we’ll show you how to do that.

Solution: How to Tackle Calcium Deficiency in Bell Pepper Plants?

Calcium deficiency is quite a common issue that can affect plant leaves. Don’t stress out too much about the calcium deficiency problem. That can be easily tackled. But first, you need to identify where the problem really is.

Is it in the soil or is it the plant? You have to know. So, the first thing you need to do is check whether your soil has sufficient calcium or not.

To do that you need to check the pH of the soil. Now for this, you need a pH meter. Once you have that use it to check the pH of the soil.

Then if you find that the problem was with the soil all you have to do is add some calcium to it. Now, you can’t add raw calcium. Where would you get that even?

What we’re trying to say is that you need to add a fertilizer that’ll increase the calcium level of the soil.

On the other hand, if your plant isn’t able to take up the calcium then you need to apply foliar to the ground. If you spray 1 or 1.5 ounces a day your plant will be bright and healthy in a month.

Reason 2: Bacteria Penetration

Another thing that can cause brown pepper is bacterias. Those tiny creatures can ruin your hard-grown bell pepper for you.

And the worst part is they can come out from anywhere. Like maybe the seeds of the plant might’ve been contaminated with bacteria from the start.

Or perhaps the soil could be home to the little pests. On top of their unexpected arrival, they need a host plant to survive on. So, you can’t count on them to leave any time soon.

And that’s why you need to take matters into your own hand. How do you do that? Keep reading to find out the answer.

Solution: How to Cure Bacteria Problem?

The bacterias can be quite hard to deal with. You can’t simply scoop them away from the soil. You can’t even see them.

So, you need to take a different approach while dealing with it. The first treatment is to get rid of the weed that might have grown in your garden.

Then cut all the branches that might seem hampered by the bacteria. And even after that if your problem isn’t solved you should use a bactericide. These are special pesticides that can remove bacterias.

Reason 3: Too Much Sunlight

One more thing that can cause your bell pepper to get brown spots is heavy exposure to sunlight. You see, while plants enjoy sunlight and need them to survive too much can prove to be detrimental.

A bell pepper plant only needs 6 hours of sunshine. Then it must go under a shade. 

Otherwise, the plant will show signs of sunburn in the form of brown spots. And you certainly don’t want that.

Solution: How to Ensure the Proper Amount of Sunlight?

If sunlight is your issue, then there is no need to worry. That’s because this can be fixed easily. In fact, you won’t even need anything extra.

All you have to do is make sure that the bell pepper plants only get 6 hours of sunlight every day. So, if you live in a place which has more daylight hours you need to remember to put away the plant after 6 hours.

And within a few days, you’ll find your plant healing and rewarding you with spot free bell peppers.

Reason 3: Uneven Watering Case

The last reason for the brown spots on your bell peppers is uneven watering. You see, if some parts of your plant don’t get enough water, they’ll start showing signs.

This way you’ll know that you neglected the plant and it needs your attention.

Solution: How to Plant Bell Pepper Plants Evenly?

So, a simple way to solve this issue is to water the plant evenly. To do this simply make sure that all parts of the plant get enough water.

If you can ensure that your work will be done. Planting issues can equally affect the plant leaves.

To Sum Up

Well, it’s time to wrap things up. We hope you now know why you found some brown spots on bell peppers. And if you did, you’ll know what to do.

But if you have some more questions about the whole thing don’t feel shy to leave a comment below. We’ll love to help you out.

Have fun eating a fresh bunch of bell peppers. Stay safe. Bye-bye!

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Celina Nance

It’s been a life-long wish of Celina Nance to have a lawn full of colorful flower beds. But living in Arizona city, that seems kind of impossible. But Celina Nance didn’t stop and created a full-form balcony garden instead. And he often shares stuff that he does/solves/innovates throughout the journey.

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