I've asked this before, but didn't get a solid answer.... so as we do we ask again.
I have read that the temperature of a hot pepper plant (above the roots) can tolerate high temperature (90degF-100degF....100+) consistently, but the root system has to be kept cooler in order to thrive. This condition of course is based on a quality root system..... Do I have to keep the roots cool in order to have a quality plant when the ambient temperatures are above 90degF ?
I'm working on a (tent system) where I totally disregard the temperature inside of the tent. I have the grow medium ( and roots) underneath the grow tent, where the plant can grow up and into the bottom of the tent. I can keep the grow medium (under the tent) at good room temp, while allowing the plant that grows up and into tent get to a relatively high temp without affecting the root temps. I have to work out the details of the watering.
So my basic question is..... should I spend so much time and effort controlling the soil temperature ?