NFT Bell Peppers begin wrinkling/wilting day or two after harvest?

by Christopher Dotson
(Waimanalo, Hawaii)

Aloha Everyone,
I am growing many things in my NFT Hydroponic system out here in Hawaii in a greenhouse with Poly lining for the roof, so it gets nice and hot inside the house. I do have tradewinds here however, I supplement airflow with fans to regulate temperature. My water source stays around 85F during day and night around 75. I am pleased with the nutrients I am using (General Hydroponics) Maxigrow, Floraboost, and Kool Bloom are the three I have been using in the system. After the long wait for these babies to set fruit that is nice and plump, ripe and harvestable- I am only getting about a day to four days of freshness once I harvest them. They begin to wrinkle very fast after I harvest. Any ideas to what may be causing this? I balance my ph daily as needed and keep my PPM around 150-200. Thoughts? or is this just normal...?
Ka'ala Low bearing Peppers form CTAHR of University of Hawaii's seed program.
Mahalo for any advice!

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Sep 29, 2014
Wrinkled Peppers
by: MeMwl

I had a similar problem with Kung Pao I posted that a long time ago they were in a bubbler bucket I never found out but do have a "theory". They are nice and fat because they are mostly Water anyway and they get the best of care and fertilizer, so just before harvest. Cut back on the water or feed cycle let them kind of de-hydrate a little. before harvest, maybe someone else has a better answer, My 2 cents worth.

Sep 30, 2014
Thanks
by: Chris Dotson

Thanks MeMwl,
That is a good tip I will try that w the ones I have left to harvest and keep ya'll updated. Hey- two cents is two cents :)
Chris

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