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Peppers in the tropics.

Pepper, bell    Trinidad and Tobago

My hot and pimento peppers have developed a crinkled leaf as new leaves appear when the first bearing is in progress. I see no evidence of pests and have not used any pesticides, only top dressing of complete fertilizer. I notice the same problem starting on the tomato and citrus plants! On the peppers eventually the plant is bare of leaves and then the stalks dry and die, even before the first beard nag matures.
Please see photos attached.
Any help identifying my challenge would be appreciated.
Hazel.


Posted by: Hazel (1 point) Hazel
Posted: September 22, 2017

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Hi Hazel, thanks for uploading images. I think it could be a virus disease on your pepper plants. http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornel...
Generally in pepper virus disease are transmitted by aphids and white-flies. Even though you have sown certified disease free seeds most of the virus might have transmitted by vectors from infected weeds present in and around the garden. Make sure to keep the garden free from weeds. In future use yellow sticky traps to monitor white flies. Remove the infected plants and burn them.


Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (134 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: September 22, 2017

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Hazel commented,
Thank you, Dr.
3 months ago.



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