Most chillies such as the common Birds Eye or Cayenne will start off life green and ripen through to orange or red. I hope someone has an answer for a problem that I'm having with my cayenne peppers. We decided to air dry, on fishing line, in the house, some habanero and jalapeno peppers from our garden this year. As the ripening process continues the blackness will eventually give way to red. If your pepper plant has black spots on the leaves, then look here to find out what may be causing the problem. It seems like I had more black on my peppers last season that this current season. I have never had this problem with them before, but this year, they are turning black, not red. Any ideas as to what this is? If this is true of you, read this article to find out why pepper plants have black streaks on stems. A lot of my peppers will do this, especially "green" peppers like green bells and jalepenos. The jalapenos are turning a little crimson red and black when dried, they look good (from my research) but the habaneros are dry but blackish orange. They are starting to turn black. They're totally fine, I usually just take it as a sign that they're ready to be picked and used. I think it was from sunscald. The plants look healthy so I don't think it's a disease problem. I have a pic somewhere but I'll have to post it when I can. Black sooty mold is a dark mold that looks like soot (from a chimney) that covers leaves and possibly stems of pepper plants. This is my first time growing Sweet Banana peppers, and the first set of peppers that is growing off of the plant (in a container, with 100% organic soils and nutrients being provided) seem to be producing these long dark/purple streaks on them. Some of these peppers turn a normal orange or red when they are ripe, and some turn a chocolate brown color. Black Sooty Mold. My plants have produced beautiful peppers green and red for 6 mths. However as the pods start to ripen, the sugar content in the fruit increases and the skin will often turn a dark brown or black colour temporarily. I'm back. Finally. I will show my gardens so you can see what might be going on. Why Are Your Pepper Plants Getting Black Spots On The Leaves? I believe the jalapenos start to turn black because of the season changing. Hi everyone! Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2006 « Prev thread: peppers turning black| Next thread: ... My banana peppers did the same thing last year. 2 are just starting to grow and 1 is about 4-5 in. I am growing yellow Bell Peppers. Miniature bell peppers change from purple to orange as they mature. This looks like one of the many varieties that turn purple-black during the later "green" stage--the dark purple veins on the leaves are a giveaway. I'm not sure what causes the blackness though.. does any one know? 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