University of Maryland Extension

Phytophthora - Vegetables

wilted pepper plant

Pepper or Eggplant Wilting

Wilting of vegetable plants can indicate Phytophthora, a potentially devastating fungal disease that may infect pepper and eggplant.  Happens particularly on poorly drained soils during warm, wet weather. All plant parts may be affected. Lower stems develop cankers and crown tissue becomes discolored. A white moldy growth can also develop on infected plant parts. Select resistant cultivars, buy disease-free seed, rotate crops, and avoid planting susceptible crops in low lying and wet areas.

wilted cucumber plant
Symptoms on cucumber

infected pepper
Symptoms on pepper fruit


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