The Q&A Archives: Wintering Over Bell Pepper Plant

Question: I have a "bell boy" from last year that survived the winter and is now loaded with fruit. Are peppers perennial by nature and just grown as annuals in our climates?
I live in a "perfect climate" for peppers and have had great success growing them for 25 years in Lafayette. I've got 15 plants growing now and doing beautifully, but never had one winter over before.

Answer: You've hit the nail right on the head! Peppers and tomatoes are perennial plants. In a perfect climate you can expect them to live about 3 years before they peter out. The key is to keep the fruit picked. If you allow fruit to remain on the vine after maturity, the plant will stop forming additional flowers and fruit.

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