Pepper Harvesting Tips

Pepper Harvesting Tips


Check out these top harvesting tips for peppers!


• Check for Ripeness: Peppers come in various colors (green, red, yellow, orange, etc.), and the exact color depends on the variety. Typically, peppers are ready to be harvested when they have fully developed their color and are firm to the touch. *It’s better to wait a little longer than pick it prematurely.


• Use Pruning Shears or Scissors: When harvesting peppers, it's best to use pruning shears or scissors to cut the stem, rather than pulling the pepper off the plant. This prevents damage to the plant and ensures a clean cut. *Also use gloves if you’re harvesting hot peppers to avoid irritation from their oils.


• Leave a Short Stem: When cutting peppers from the plant, leave a short portion of the stem attached to the pepper. This helps prolong their shelf life and prevents moisture and bacteria from entering through the cut.


• Harvest Regularly: Peppers will continue to produce more fruit if you harvest them regularly. Removing ripe peppers encourages the plant to keep producing. Check your plants every few days during the peak harvest season.


• Harvest in the Morning: Early morning is the best time to harvest peppers. At this time, the peppers are hydrated and their flavors are concentrated. The heat of the day hasn't stressed the plant, and the peppers are less likely to wilt.


Remember that the specifics of harvesting can vary depending on the pepper variety you're growing, as different types have different maturation patterns and color changes. Always consult the guidelines for the specific variety you're growing for the most accurate information.

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