Ever have this happen to one of your peppers? You go out one day and there it is...a scar on your pretty pepper. Even peppers can get a sunburn. Too much sun and the flesh is damaged, leaving an indented, pale, tough spot. Sometimes the spots will crack and the pepper will go bad. Other times, the blemish just remains there while the pepper continues to grow. The pepper is still edible, just remove the scar and eat the rest.
The healthier the plant, the less likely the peppers are to be scalded. If the plant has bushy leaves, the peppers will be shaded by the leaves, protecting them from the sun. Even the healthiest plants leave some fruit uncovered. In the center of this photo, you can see a vulnerable pepper next to the stick.
A closer look reveals minor sun damage.
The skin is dimpled and pale. If left unprotected, this spot would become a deep scar.
The solution is to cover or shade the peppers. I used shade cloth and poles to provide some shade.
|Simply use wire to tie the cloth to the posts.|
|They look happy under the shade cloth.|
See the peppers under there? No sunscald to be found!
Here's to a bountiful and beautiful harvest!