REVIVING CHILLI PLANTS

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REVIVING CHILLI PLANTS

Postby Compo » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:15 pm

I have four overwintered chilli pepper plants, they continued fruiting till about November, they are in an unheated greenhouse in large pots of compost, they still have some fruit on which has dried up, but I use my chillies dried anyway, so I shall pick them off.

Will the plants revive if I top them up with some fresh compost, trim them up and wrap them in poly bags and keep them moist I wonder?
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Re: REVIVING CHILLI PLANTS

Postby sally wright » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:33 pm

Dear Compo,
trim the plants down to about four inches and wait until there is new growth before doing anything else. No sense in going to a lot of effort if the plant is actually dead.
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Re: REVIVING CHILLI PLANTS

Postby Compo » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:31 am

OK, but no harm in a bit of fresh compost on top and a drop of water I guess?
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Re: REVIVING CHILLI PLANTS

Postby Primrose » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:03 pm

I,ve revived chilli plants by pruning them fairly hard back, stripping away about half the compost and repotting them with a few chicken manure pellets mixed in with the new compost. The roots will be fairly thick and matted by this stage so don,t strip more than half of them away or the plants may not recover.
I will very surprised though if your plants have actually survived through after last week’s ferocious sub zero temperatures, even in an heated greenhouse especially as they are really hotter climate plants. You might want to experiment and bring a couple of them indoors for a few days to check out what happens in a warmer temperature. As Sally has intimated they may actually have died or be dying as a result of those low temperatures without their appearance changing desperately immediately.
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