pepper virus

Asked June 12, 2016, 7:42 PM EDT

How will a pepper virus affect a plant's leaves? What would be a recommended treatment for the problem?

Vermilion County Illinois

1 Response

Hello,

Pepper plants do get virus infections, which usually look like a distortion, change in color, or change in texture of the leaves. Sometimes there is leaf spotting. Symptoms might look similar to those of herbicide or weed killer injury. If it is injury, the plants will grow out of the disorder. If it is virus, the plants will not, and fruit may be mis-shapen. There is no cure for a plant virus. Discard the plants, wash your hands often after working with them. Start with new plants in a different location away from where those plants were this season.

Thank you for contacting Cooperative Extension,

Nancy