Greenhouse peppers should be watered when they need it, and knowing when can be a tricky business. Growing peppers in a controlled environment, especially in soilless media, requires ultimate precision in water and nutrient application.
Precision irrigation will deliver the right amount of water and nutrients to your peppers, enabling you to reduce your investment, control the perfect root-zone environment, and push the plants to the maximum while increasing yield and ROI.
Which structure should I use when growing peppers?
There are three common greenhouse structures: glasshouses, poly houses, and net houses. All three are suitable for growing peppers. The questions you should ask are: What are the local environmental conditions? And, how much do you want/can you invest?
Glasshouse structures are suitable for commercial production of peppers in mild to cold climates and require high investments. Poly houses are suitable for diverse climatic conditions, and net houses are more suitable for hotter and dry climates (non-rainy climates).
What is the growth cycle of greenhouse peppers?
Planting time in greenhouses depends on marketing time. It’s common to have one growing cycle per year that lasts 90 days, from planting to first harvest. In good climate conditions, the harvest period will take 7-8 months.
What is the average yield for different greenhouse structures and technologies, assuming climate conditions are optimal?
How do the EC and pH affect my greenhouse peppers?
Ensuring the right EC, pH, and nutrient levels in the root zone is critical for fast growing and high yielding crops. This is especially true when growing in soilless media, since the growing medium has low buffer capabilities and demands a fast and precise reaction. You need a system that can react quickly to any change, be it crop stage or climate. This can mean the difference between winning and losing.
What are the benefits of Compensated Non-Leakage (CNL) drippers?
Irrigation of soilless media needs short irrigation pulses (minutes). With CNL drippers, you increase fertigation uniformity by saving the refilling time of the system and preventing system drainage that can cause uneven water distribution if done frequently. This means that all the drippers start and stop to drip at the same time.
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