The effect of a windbreak and mulch on the growth and yield on pepper capsicum annuum l
Monette, S.; Stewart, K.A.
Canadian Journal of Plant Science 67(1): 315-320
ISSN/ISBN: 0008-4220 Accession: 006635835
Experiments using an artificial windbreak and polyethylene mulch were conducted in 1983 and 1984 with sweet pepper in Ste-Anne de Bellevue, Quebec [Canada]. When analyses were conducted on pooled distance data plant fresh weight was increased by sheltering but not by mulching. In 1983, the windbreak increased yields up to a distance 24 times the windbreak height but only if plants were not mulched. Yield increases were due to greater fruit number per plant rather than a greater mean fruit weight. The windbreak had no influence on yield in 1984. Mulching resulted in a significant increase in yield in both years and appeared to be a more reliable practice than the use of windbreaks to increase pepper yields.