How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Poor or incomplete pollination

Plants with poor pollination have fruit of normal color, but small or flattened in shape. Few or no seeds are found inside the fruit.

Solutions

Poor pollination occurs in low light or at low temperatures. In peppers, normal pollination and fruit set do not occur when night temperatures fall below 58° F or when daytime temperatures are above 85° F. Plant in full sunlight.

Distorted pepper fruit
Distorted pepper fruit

Few seeds found inside peppers
Few seeds found inside peppers


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