The Q&A Archives: Pepper Plant Care

Question: I have a potted large hot pepper plant I want to bring in and winter over. Is there any special treatment needed to do so? Does it have to be pruned?

Answer: Sweet pepper plants seem to perform better indoors than hot pepper plants, but you can certainly give it a try! Your plant will probably last 2-3 months after it stops flowering. Provide average household temperatures and bright light, including some direct sunshine. Keep the growing medium moist by watering regularly and immersing the pot in a large container of water on occasion (to eliminate air pockets near the roots). Don't prune or pinch your plant back or you may inadvertantly pinch off flower buds, which might arrest the plant's continued growth.

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