There's much more to growing a pepper than you might first think.
Sweet peppers grown in glasshouses are at risk to a wide range of pests that feed on the leaves or fruits and are attracted to the warm, humid conditions.
Protecting crops is essential for any grower or farmer and ‘biological control’ - using beneficial insects and mites to fight off pests in a crop, forms a key part of our Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
We’ve been developing our IPM strategy since we started growing sweet peppers at Tangmere. One clever and revolutionary technique known as ‘pest in first’ is highly effective in our control of red spider mite.
Technical Crops Manager, Mark Knight shows how he introduces the pest early on in the season (in late February) to help achieve a natural balance in the crop.