I am growing a lot of Pasilla Negros in Denver this year and have
begun seeing sunscald on some of the pods. The plants do not have a
heavy canopy compared to the NuMex 6-4s and Anaheims I commonly grow,
and I'm thinking the sun here at 5000+ feet might be too intense for
this variety. Thinking of using some shade cloth over them. My theory
is that, while Mexico has the rain and warmth, it might also have more
cloudy days or perhaps, being lower in elevation, a hazier sunlight.
Does anyone here have experience with Pasillas vs. a more "common"
I do know that the wild ancestor of chili peppers typically grows under
a tree or shrub, having been 'planted' by a bird. Leads me to suspect
that a bit of shade in the middle of the day might be a good thing,
especially with chili cultivars that haven't been bred for mass production.
Throw in your elevation and it might even be vital.
Pat in Plymouth MI
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