Producing greenhouse peppers demands big investment. It’s a game of driving high, quality yields from every square metre to meet consumer demand and maximise return on investment. For optimal conditions, you need the right structure, agro-technical solutions, tools and agronomic knowledge.
Which structure should I use when producing peppers?
There are three common greenhouse structures: glasshouses, poly houses, and net houses. All three are suitable for peppers production.
The questions you should ask are:
Glasshouse structures are suitable for commercial production of peppers in mild to cold climates and require high investment. 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 is 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 seven to eight months.
What is the average yield for different greenhouse structures and technologies, assuming climate conditions are optimal?
How do EC and pH affect 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, as the growing medium has low buffer capabilities and demands fast and precise reaction. You need a system that can react quickly to any change, be it crop stage or climate. This can be the difference between winning and losing. Precision drip systems are based on non-drainage drippers, designed for pulse irrigation and special dosing systems that allow you to keep all parameters exactly where you need them, and react to changes on demand.
What are the benefits of Compensated Non-Leakage (CNL) drippers?
Irrigation of soilless media is characterised by short irrigation pulses (minutes). With CNL drippers, you increase Nutirgation™ uniformity by saving the refilling time of the system and preventing system drainage that causes uneven water distribution. This means that all the drippers start and stop at exactly the same time.