Wintering Pepper Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Fridley, MN
Question by jandanson
April 19, 1999
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?


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Answer from NGA
April 19, 1999

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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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