Growing Capsicum

Capsicums (also known as bell peppers or pilipili hoho in Swahili). The vegetable belongs to the solanaceae family It does very well  in hot areas such as Eastern Province, Coastal region, temperate central areas, etc. Capsicum performs well under irrigated conditions. The optimum temperatures for growth are 15ºC-25 ºC. The low night temperatures in July/ August in Kenya are favourable for production of this vegetable. […]

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Common Pests and Diseases Affecting Tomato Farming

PESTS It is strongly recommended that farmers regularly scout their crops. 1. American bollworm – This is the larvae stage of a moth. It lays several eggs on young fruits that bear holes on the fruits upon them hatching. To control this, spray with a good insecticide. 2. Whiteflies – These are small white insects that hide behind the leaves. […]

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Tomato Growth Requirements

Tomatoes are warm-season crops and sensitive to frost at any stage of growth. If subject to temperatures below 10˚C, crops suffer from delayed seed germination and slow early growth. The cold will also reduce fruit set and delay maturity. Similarly, temperature extremes of over 35˚C will reduce fruit set and restrict red coloration. If water stress and high temperatures occur […]

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