Godfather Pepper Comes Back to Life - Knowledgebase Question

San Pedro, CA
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Question by stjohn1
January 11, 1998
Last summer I planted some "Godfather" Italian peppers. I did not pull out the spent plants, and they're getting new leaves and new fruits. Should I let them grow, or pull them out and put new plants in this summer? Do you think I could transplant them so they get some better soil?

Answer from NGA
January 11, 1998
While pepper plants are usually treated as annuals, they are really perennials, and will grow and produce for about three years. You lucked out with yours! Apparently the winter weather wasn't cold enough to kill the plants. Since they're puttingout new leaves and blossoms, I would just let them grow where they are. Technically you could transplant them, but doing so might shock them enough to retard their growth - or remind them that they're old. If you want to improve the soil for future crops, wait until these plants have died and then mix some compost or other organic matter into the garden bed before planting new plants.

Enjoy your peppers!

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