Answer: In our consumer culture people often think of houseplants as temporary decorations - poinsettias, chrysanthemums, etc., which are seasonal ornamental plants, can be kept thriving, but they're only "fashionable" while they are colorful and in the height of growth. Your pepper can continue to be a happy houseplant, or you can plant it outdoors in a rich garden soil in sun. Mulch around the plant will help maintain soil moisture. If it gets very hot in summer, it may cease to bloom for a time, but just keep it well watered, and it should start blooming again when the temperatures cool. If your winters are frosty, bring the plant in for the winter. You may simply want to plant the whole pot in the ground, then dig it up and move it inside for the winter months. Feed with compost and a mild fertilizer while in active growth and during bloom/fruiting. Enjoy!
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