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Q.Green Peppers Have Thin Skin

Anonymous added on March 27, 2014 | Answered

We have raised green peppers for a couple years and they taste fine but they have a very thin skin. What do we need to do to have a thicker skinned green pepper?

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Answered on March 27, 2014

You are too nice to them is why they have thin skin. Plants develop thicker skin to help protect them from the elements. I would guess that where your plants are growing is sheltered from winds and harsh sun. While I have not tried this personally, I am guessing that since reducing harsh elements on peppers makes their skin thinner, increasing it will thicken them. Try giving the plants a gentle shake every so often to trick them into thinking they are in a windier environment than they actually are. You may also just be growing a thin skinned variety but the technique above should work for them too.

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