Longevity of Pepper Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Ft Myers, FL
Question by mmangano
April 7, 1998
I grow a variety of hot peppers year round outside. The ave temp year round in Ft Myers is 72-74F. After 3 years or so my plants seem to die. Is there a limitiation to their longevity? Should I be happy with 3 years?


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Answer from NGA
April 7, 1998

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Although peppers are considered perennial in warm climates, you should be happy with 3 years. I only get one season here in Duval County. Peppers gradually quit producing when they have been in the same spot for a long time. When you plant peppers againmove them to a different area. There are many diseases that build up in soil where the same crop has been for a long time. Also, hybrids may not be as long-lived as true species peppers.

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