Two year old pepper plant survives frost - what should we do? - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9A)
Question by mahatch
March 4, 2007
I planted a Big Jim and a Jalepeno plant two years ago in a container. One survived - I'm not sure which one, but this plant is strong and has produced many hot peppers each year. A recent frost did some damage, but the plant is already sprouting new buds, however I think it needs some extra TLC/nutrition...any recommendations?


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Answer from NGA
March 4, 2007

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Believe it or not, under the right conditions both tomato and pepper plants can live and produce for several years. So, your surviving pepper plant should be able to produce peppers this coming season. The problem with some plants is that when they ripen fruit, it saps the plant of energy and signals the plant that it has done its job (producing seeds) and it can die off. I'd prune away any damaged plant parts and then feed it with a half-strength solution of liquid fertilizer. This will encourage additional new growth and, hopefully, flowers and fruit.

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