I have multiple Pepper Plants (Buhut Jolokia) and some of them had a little too much water. Now there has grown a white mold on the dirt around the stem and I beleve that the plant is suffering from it.

How can I get rid of it?

it looks like this that's why i think its not healthy


The white spots don't move. Some leaves and stems have black dots on them.

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    Got a picture? Why do you think it's suffering? Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 11:53
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    There is many fungi and many anti-cryptogram products, so a photo is very useful, especially because you will eat the product of such plant, so it is better not to try few large spectra anti-cryptograms. Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 12:57
  • Need photos please...
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 13:25
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    It looks like some heavy insect infestation. Can you take a close up of the white spots on the leaves? Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 9:26
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    You have an aphid infestation. The white bits are probably aphid skeletons. If you're going to not bin the plant, you could try neem oil sprays gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/22204/… Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 23:23

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Your close up leaf images show an aphid infestation. In my experience, this is a highly persistent insect that infests chili plants amongst others with over 500 different types of Aphids specific to particular plants.

My own chilli plant is over one year old and got infested while outside, and again when wintered inside. I've been spraying regularly with insecticidal soaps even as late as one week ago but this picture just taken shows that I didn't reach all the bugs. You can see adults with their live born young hiding inside the flower.

I took this image with my mobile phone camera with a clip on macro lens.

Aphids in chilli flower

If your other plants are not already infested I'd suggest tossing this one before the infection spreads. Otherwise treat with neem sprays repeatedly.


There appears to be a long standing insect infestation, possiby whitefly (does anything rise up and fly about when you go near or disturb the plant?) or scale infestation of some sort. The leaves look somewhat sticky, they're unhealthy with evidence of damage on the stems as well - there are white dots on the upper surface of the leaves and I think there are some on a few stems as well, but the photo doesn't magnify well, it blurs, so impossible to decide quite what they are. You might check beneath the leaves and inspect all stems thoroughly to see if you see any scale, but if you find touching the plant causes a rising up and flying about of whatever this pest is, its likely one of the aphids like whitefly.

The soil the plant is growing in looks pretty wet, and yes, there is fungus growth around the base of the stem as well as on the soil. It's possible the plant has been infested for so long that honeydew has deposited on the soil and the fungal growth is associated with that, but I'm not convinced that's the explanation. I wonder where this plant is growing, indoors or out? and how old is this plant?

If its whitefly infestation, that can be difficult to treat unless its in a greenhouse, but there is information here http://www.thechilliking.com/whitefly-infestations-on-chilli-plants/, though its mostly aimed at greenhouse growing, which is where whitefly is the most prevalent.

Depending how old your plant is, given its in such poor condition, you might want to decide to bin it - if not, then I'd remove it from its current pot and compost, wash and sterilize the pot or use a new, clean one, and repot the plant in new potting compost, then try to tackle the insect infestation - cutting the plant back by half might help.

UPDATE: If you've had to bring it indoors, then you obviously don't have a warm sub tropical or tropical climate where you are, where some chili varieties can go on for longer and be quite healthy, see here http://www.homegrown-peppers.com/growing-peppers/how-long-do-pepper-plants-live/

As the plant is two years old and is in a poorly state, you might want to consider disposing of it instead.

  • The Plant is 2 years old and is in the living room in the winter and outside in summer. I try to take some pictures throug a magnifying glass and post them here as well.
    – Frezzley
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 13:26
  • @Frezzley see updated answer
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 13:54

My method: take all peppers and flowers. Then put in the soil some "Actara". This should be enough to save the plant, and not to poison yourself.

Usually I take some pepper and I plant it again: they grow quickly, but your pepper plant is an hybrid, so not sure if seeds can generate plants, and the seedling will not be like the original plant.

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