The Q&A Archives: Wintering Pepper Plants

Question: Is it possible to save pepper plants, and bring them indoors over the winter? If so... do they produce earlier, and more peppers the following year, being more mature plants?

Answer: Since most modern varieties are bred to behave as annuals - that is, produce heavily the first year, and then die - I doubt they'll be nearly as productive the second year. Some exceptions are the ornamental chili peppers. But my advice in a situation like this is to give it a try, and see what happens. Prune the plant back, and keep the plant growing in bright light all winter, but cut back on watering, and feed only a very dilute organic fertilizer as spring approaches. And let us know what happens!

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