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I accidentally sowed some chillies a little too late in the year (long story). Some have produced fruits but most are too small. I have had some past success with keeping them going thru the winter but any tips or advice would be welcome.

They should have a better chance because they haven't fruited much or produced mature seed - less chance they will give in to senescence, but a worse chance if the plants are too small.

The main thing is the species - none of them are hardy but C.pubescens is by far the best at bouncing back in the spring.

The rest will sulk and often get overtaken by the new seedlings in March - which renders the whole exercise pointless.

C.baccatum is regarded as next best, but some ordinary ones (C.annuum) are at least as good though most aren't. C.chinensis is a very long shot at best.

There's plenty of advice ont'web about light, temperature and pruning etc.


My star pepper is my 3 year old Piquante pepper plant, currently planted in a bucket in the conservatory.  Will it go a 4th year?  No other pepper has ever done so well for me for so long.  I had rocoto pepper Alberto Locoto for two years, but that resprouted on its own accord during a mild winter and gave pounds of fruit the second year.   Rocoto is a c pubescens.  I have overwintering ones in the conservatory and just one plant still in the greenhouse, just in case it will again make it.  The worst problem is aphids for me any way.  But I have decided to put the plants outside when we get a good frostfree spell with night time temperatures above 5C.  Preferably when we have a lot of rain to wash aphids off and then give the plants a small dose of fertiliser afterwards to make up for the leaching out of nutrients.  I have done this now twice since the plants were fetched in and it seems to do them good.  But in all reality, I don't expect to get more than half through winter.  :wave:

I have over wintered chillies as houseplants on a sunny windowsill.   They were fine and went on to produce good fruits.

Thanks for the advice folks. Just picked the last of my chillies last night for dinner. Nicely hot. The plant is in the conservatory. Will definitely do same next winter


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