Overwintering Chili Pepper Plants

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  1. Daniel W

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    I thought it would be nice to have a topic just devoted to overwintering chili pepper plants. There are lots of descriptions on the internet, although some lack follow through. I posted the first part last month, so this much is a recap.

    I tried two things this year. For both, I dug up the pepper plants when the weather started to cool down.

    I carefully dug up the pepper plant, as much intact root as I could. This is a Cayenne pepper plant. I dug these up on Oct 27.

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    Then I hosed off all of the soil. That is an attempt to remove insects, their larvae and eggs.

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    Then prune the roots, so they fit easily in the plant container. Most pepper enthusiasts also prune the top fairly severely, and cut off the leaves.

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    The the processed, pruned, pepper plant is planted into a clean container, with a good all purpose potting soil. This one is a different pepper plant, which I did not prune back because I wanted to see if I could ripen the Thai peppers. Not pruning them is my other experiment. I did hose off the soil, for all of them.

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    Now the pruned plants are kept in a sunny but cool room, 50s F. The nonpruned ones are in my sunroom, which is 60s F to 70s F.

    I'll try to update through the winter and beyond.

    First update, at about three weeks - there were some tiny white creatures on the soil surface for one plant, a Tabasco pepper plant. I sprayed the soil with an herbal plant spray, then some neem spray, and isolated the plant.

    Second update, Nov 19.

    A small Early Jalapeño Pepper plant has aphids, This plant was small, so I had left the leaves on it.

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    I don't want to use pesticides, so I cut off all of the leaves now and sprayed with an herbal plant spray.

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    The Thai pepper plants still look good, even though I left on all of the leaves. The peppers continue to ripen. These are in my sunroom. They have no aphids or other pests so far. That's a Tabasco Pepper behind the taller Thai Pepper plants. It's looking OK too.

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    There is still a long winter ahead. It will be interesting to see what happens.
     
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    This is a superb “how to” thread.
    I wish I could participate but last year I had dried so many peppers, that it will be another two years before I grow peppers again. It does not stop me from learning though. My hold over back then did not work well.

    Mate, thanks loads for this useful and well-written thread.
     
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    Good information Daniel, i grow my chillies in the conservatory never been outside. I try to over winter them but they still get aphids but i don't do anything except cut them down a bit.
     
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    Update. Just over a month so far. No further aphids, gnats, or other insects. They should be dormant, although there is a little growth on some. They were dry so I gave each plant a cup of water, not enough to run through the bottom holes.

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    Tabasco. I didn't remove leaves from this one.

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    Cayenne.
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    I didn't remove the leaves from this Thai Dragon Pepper.
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    Early Jalapeño.
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    I appreciate that you have taken the trouble to give a sit rep on the peppers.
    Chapeau.
     
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    I'm curious what the room temperature is in your sun room for their dormancy Daniel. And how many hours of sunlight?:nerdy: :nerdy:
     
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    These are in an unheated spare bedroom, South window. Temperature is in the 50s F most of the time. I think today there were 9 hours of sunlight.
     
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    Looking good Daniel
     
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    Update. Now almost two months. Not much change. Most are just sitting there. A Tabasco has some growth, but not much.

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    That Tabasco. (I dont know why it's sideways)

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    I usually start chili pepper seeds in January, so we only have a month or two remaining before I can move these to more light and warmer spot and start them growing again.
     
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    Looking very good, Daniel.
    Looking very good indeed. Too bad about those aphids, but maybe now you have the upper hand.
    It was a good lesson to carry out plant procedures, great or small.
    Chapeau.
     
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    Looking good Daniel
     
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    This is quite the accomplishment. I'll be very interested to see them in the spring and summer as well. How many years do you think a chili plant can be carried over Daniel?
     
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    OK, here we are, Jan 31. All but one seem OK.

    Left to right, Serrano, Tabasco, Tabasco, Jalapeno, Thai.
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    Foreground Left to right, Banana, Cayenne (probably hybrid), Thai.

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    The banana pepper is looking almost dead. All of the others seem more or less OK. I decided to spray with an organic soap spray, because some an aphid or two will appear. It hasn't been much of a problem.

    I may move the smallest two, to the seedlings lights soon. The sunroom is a bit cool but I think if it is good enough for pepper seedlings, it might be good enough for pepper plants. The plant lights are high enough for the smaller plants.
     
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    Mate— those piccies are music to my eyes !
    Well done, you.
     
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    Daniel they look great, well done.
     
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