Even the best and most experienced gardeners among us suffer from pests affecting our plants and crops. here are some useful notes from articles I have read with my own personal experiences from the past few years.
Botrytis may also pose a problem especially at the base of the plant and the fruit. It begins as a brownish spot that develops into a grey mould. It is particularly prevalent when it is cold & damp. Good ventilation will help stop this occurring, removing all dead or injured plant material before it becomes infected. Remove all infected material by cutting back into healthy stock and burning or binning the infected stem. Do not compost diseased plant material. Isolate infected plants to prevent the disease spreading don't be tempted like I did once to keep them going to get just one more chilli!
- Pick all the fruit from your plants even the immature fruits.
- Prune your plants to about four inches from the base once the leaves begin to drop.
- Pot your chilli back up if it has been in the ground.
- Be careful not to over water your precious plant, a small amount every ten days should be fine not letting the soil dry out.