Chile Peppers (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide) by Brooklyn Botanic Garden

By Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Some of the major horticulture and nutrition specialists in the USA have joined forces to supply the 1st chile pepper ebook in particular for gardeners. This critical consultant teaches the historical past of the chile, the technology in the back of their warmth, why humans continue coming again for extra, and the treatments used to treatment the illnesses and pests afflicting chile pepper vegetation. beginner and skilled gardeners alike will learn how to develop many alternative forms, interior and out, and should be ready to cook dinner up a fiery banquet utilizing their homegrown chiles. the gorgeous colour photos make species id effortless, and the record of seed shops is a convenient reference for each gardener.

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In arid regions, sunken beds work well; place plants in furrows between ridges of soil, where water will collect. TRANSPLANTING YOUR SEEDLINGS Whether you bought them or grew them from seed, the plants you put in the garden should be sturdy and have many deep green leaves. Plant them after the last frost date, when daytime temperatures are at least 65° and night temperatures above 55°F. Temperatures any lower will weaken plants, making them susceptible to pest problems and environmental stresses.

And bear in mind that if night temperatures are above 86°F, fruit set will not occur. —Susan Belsinger outside for longer intervals each day. Start by taking them out for a few hours in a shady location, then build up to longer periods in a partly sunny spot. Do this for one to two weeks, bringing plants indoors at night in the early stages. Beware of windy days and intruders such as cats, which can ruin a crop. PREPARING THE SITE Before transplanting, it's wise to improve your soil. Humus—thoroughly decayed organic matter—is rich with nutrients that pepper plants need and will also help the soil retain moisture.

White Mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) White mold, or sclerotinia disease, causes a wilt, rotting, or blighting of any above-ground or below-ground plant parts. At first, the affected area of the plant has a dark green, greasy, or water-soaked appearance. On stems, the lesion may be brown to gray in color. If the humidity is high, a white, fluffy mold growth appears. Lumpy areas appear in this white growth, which become hard and black as they mature. The hard, black bodies (sclerotia) form inside the stem or on the outside surfaces of the stem and other plant parts.

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