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By Carol OMeara
Colorado State University, Extension Boulder County 

Peppers have it made in the shade

 

August 14, 2019

Photo by Jocelyn Rowley High solar intensity and temperatures work against getting the most of our pepper crops.

If you look forward to perfect peppers, but are disappointed when they get sunburn, there aren’t as many as you thought, or they aren’t as big as you’d like, chances are that you have sunlight to blame.  High solar intensity and temperatures work against getting the most out of our pepper crops.

Research on shading peppers is casting light on the benefits of cooling things off a bit on leaves and the root zone.  Heat stress reduces the plant’s ability to photosynthesize and cool itself efficiently, which in turn limits root development. Increasingly higher temperatures in s...



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