[Market-farming] Peppers in High Tunnels

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Wed Feb 18 10:33:26 EST 2009


I've observed the same thing on all kinds of peppers. I've not seen research that affirms it, but I believe that peppers just cannot support additional development of biomass once a certain weight of fruit is on the plant. They just abort blossoms. But if you pick some or all of the fruit off, the plant will start setting fruit again. It's good to keep the plants well picked. You'll have much better season totals.

Bill

>If fruit is left on the plant and becomes fully red ripe is that a signal to 
>the plant
>to shut down, mine quit blooming after the reds showed up.? I had expected 
>them to keep going like tomatoes.
William H Shoemaker, UI-NRES
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
535 Randall Road  St Charles, IL  60174
630-584-7254; FAX-584-4610



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