What to do with sunburned peppers? They seem to be quite stunned; on the Habanero the fruits stopped maturing and C. praetermissum dropped about 30% of its leaves and some are still in bad shape. Should I take those bad leaves away or leave them be ?
Jukka Kilpinen, Finland
I’ll bet you moved those chiles outside without acclimating them to the sun. Or, indoors, you moved them from your lights to direct sunlight. You have to do this gradually. It means moving them into the direct sun for longer periods of time each day until they can take full sun. After they are sunburned, there is nothing you can do for the pod except let it mature (if it will) and cut off the sunburned portion. Yes, remove the bad leaves from the plants.