In California, Baloian has extended its Thermal season on elongated red peppers, mini sweets and baby bells — despite a December freeze that hit the region.
“There was a strong freeze a week or so ago, but we cover our pepper plants with blankets,” Lane said. A white cotton-based material sits on stakes inches above the plants and is pulled back for each harvest.
“We’re putting out a really nice elongated red pepper now,” Lane said of the Thermal operation. “We’re going to keep going for several weeks. It’s a striking contrast – one uncovered row on the edge was twigs after the freeze. Others harvesting red peppers in the area were pretty much done after that.”
Enough sunlight gets through the blankets for the red peppers to turn color, he said.
“It’s our second season doing this,” Lane said. “We used it at the beginning of last year to try to come a little earlier with spring peppers and it was successful.”