|Though not as susceptible |
as peppers, tomatoes,
eggplant and squash trans-
plants can suffer plastic
burn on bright sunny, high
I've advised for years that white, white striped or silver coated plastic mulch is a better choice in areas that have later planting windows than areas that are naturally early (think Hammonton vs. Swedesboro, respectively). If you are using black plastic, other means of cooling the plastic around the transplant hole include:
- Place a scoop of soil (treated the same as the soil beneath the plastic including herbicides and/or fumigation) around the transplant and overlapping the plastic, preventing contact between the plastic and plant, as well as reducing wind flapping. If you use soil from another source, or from between the rows, it may be contaminated with weeds or fungi that can easily infect the seedling.
- Whitewash a stripe at least 8" wide over each row of holes.
- In small plantings, a stryrofoam cup with the bottom removed can be placed around each plant.