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Can someone please help identify whats going on with my pepper plants this year. Picture is of a banana pepper, but my jalapeños seem to be having a similar issue. Thank you
 

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So everybody is complaining about too much heat this year but those plants of yours look good. The first few can be weirdos and pollination is also troublesome occasionally.
 
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No, didn't know that was a thing. I'm in Utah and we have had a hot and dry year.
Whups wrong pepper post earlier. Had a little trouble here being click happy. So were those old seeds? Do you use a lot of pesticide? Are those the first of the fruiting production?
 
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They are Bonnie plants bought from lowes. No pesticides just a mix of raised bed soil and ground dirt. They are some of the lower/first fruits. It has been much slower this year compared to last.
 
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They are Bonnie plants bought from lowes. No pesticides just a mix of raised bed soil and ground dirt. They are some of the lower/first fruits. It has been much slower this year compared to last.

Yes here it has been 20 days or more late on seasonality. Are there only a few of the first peppers all gunked up but all the newer ones are coming on well? Its not uncommon is why I am asking.
 
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Seems like quite a few are like that over half of what is on the plant. There are now so that appear to be coming in normal. Jalapeños seem to be almost all but they are still super tiny.
 
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Not sure exactly it's been in triple digits or high 90s most of the time here
You probably want to look into some shade cloth. The peppers will grow larger if you can ease the heat stress. The black solar screen is pretty durable and lasts a lot of years, but folks here will also use some translucent white material. So how about the drying winds?
 
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Thanks I will look at those. Not to much for winds
Unless those malformed peppers continue to show up I do not think you have anything to fix. I would prune them off if you won't be using them. Energy for fruiting is hard to come by when the plant is fighting too much heat.
 
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Just a further thought, but generically speaking overheat in a plant results in a loss of its moisture. This loss starts a clampdown to save moisture. All the little pipes and valves with their cute little names. Stomata lol. But that moisture, internally, has picked up hormones and nutrients. No fruit actually needs all that to grow right?
 

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