Panigang pepper also grows well in hilly areas
DID YOU KNOW that there is a chilli pepper variety that grows very well in highland or hilly areas? The variety is the Panigang Best F1 hybrid pepper featured during a recent visit to the farm of Mario Lugada in Barangay Novaliches, Liliw town in Laguna.
Noticeably, the plants of Lugada are much taller than those planted in the lowlands, but the productivity of the variety remained the same. Roughly defined, “highlands” are synonymous with mountains, while “lowlands” are those areas beyond and beneath the mountains that are influenced by downslope physical processes. ADAPTABILITY. Usually, the said chilli pepper variety, which is distributed in the country by Allied Botanical Corporation (ABC), grows to about two to three feet tall in the lowlands, but the plants of Lugada became relatively higher due to the Panigang Best F1 hybrid pepper’s adaptability to higher grounds. The plant grows to its targeted height to get an ample supply of sunlight for its growth.
The variety is slightly pungent, and its glossy immature fruits are ideal for cooking “sinigang.” The Panigang Best F1 hybrid pepper has very good shipping quality and is very prolific. PROPER NOURISHMENT. These plants need proper nourishment to grow well and become prolific. This is why Lugada uses Agrocote controlled release fertilizer.
Peters STEM makes the leaves of the Panigang Best F1 hybrid pepper variety darker even with their higher altitude. The variety gives Mario Lugada a higher yield.