UNH Finds Benefits of Growing Peppers in High Tunnel Greenhouses

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station recently concluded trials to determine which varieties of bell peppers do best in the unheated environment of a high tunnel greenhouse.

“Growing peppers in unheated high tunnels permits the production of very high quality colored fruit,” said UNH’s Becky Sideman. “Colored bell peppers have the potential to be a profitable, alternative crop for New Hampshire farmers, although a number of factors such as infrastructure costs, marketable yield, and market prices need to be considered.”

Sideman and the UNH team saw pepper yields ranging from 46,000 to 66,600 pounds per acre, which is more than double the typical field-pepper yield.

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