Sun Damage On Peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain, FL
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Question by vlpruett
November 18, 1999
I am growing colored bell peppers and habanero peppers. I experience sun damage year long on the bells, and during the summer on the habaneros. I am planning to install shade cloth to try and prevent the damage. Could you recomend what color shade cloth and what percentage of shade would be best for the peppers?

Answer from NGA
November 18, 1999
The best protection against sunburn is a healthy canopy of foliage on the pepper plants. If disease, insect damage or poor nutrition are causing the plants to have a rather thin, spindly canopies of leaves, the best approach is to first remedy those problems.

If you need to use a shade, select as light a shade as you can as good sunlight is important for the growing plants. Most shade materials come in white, black or green, and a few in brown. Any of these would be fine as color need not be a factor in selecting one.

A lightweight row cover such as is used for seed starting or insect exclusion is one option. If you use a black shade fabric select one with no more than 25-30% shading, and position it well above the plant's foliage to allow lots of reflected light in from the sides.

Thanks and good luck with those peppers!

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