Cayenna peppers in winter?

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Cayenna peppers in winter?

Postby Elmigo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:33 am

The other day we cut off a very productive Cayenna pepper plant to keep it indoors during the winter, as it's getting cold and all the peppers were already picked. Peppers are perennials, right? Time for resting, we thought. But all of a sudden it started producing a lot of flowers again!

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Re: Cayenna peppers in winter?

Postby Westi » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:01 pm

Don't quote me, but my only success with them has been putting them in a cold greenhouse with very little TLC in terms of warmth or watering! They were lucky to get a dribble of water & I had a cracked pane of glass so not warm. Early & huge crop! 'Treat it mean - keep it keen' type of message! Too happy inside maybe?
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Re: Cayenna peppers in winter?

Postby Primrose » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:54 pm

Pepper and chilli plants can be successfully overwintered by hard pruning them back so just a few tiny low down leaf shoots are left on the main stem. I have overwintered both these plants. Brought indoors onto a light window sill they will soon start sprouting again and eventually bear more flowers and eventually some fruit. Yours looks as if it has already started this process.

However to use them as true perennials rather than just overwintered plants so you get some early fruit next season it would be advisable to remove at least a third of the spent compost from the pot and top it up with fresh compost to give the plants a light liquid feed when it starts reflowering, otherwise the compost's nutrition will get exhausted.

I find the main problem with over-wintering these plants indoors is that often they seem to surcumb to whitefly which eventually weakens the plant so much it can kill it off. Maybe in a frost free but cooler greenhouse there is less risk of this. However these are essentially plants which thrive in warm temperatures so give it a try.
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