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Jul 5, 2013 07:10 AM

Over-wintering pepper plants

Have 30+ plants, all variaties, in raised beds; located in coastal MD
Have never triee to over-winter peppers; questions?

have far back to cut the plant?
need to amend soil/mulch bed?
Can cover with plastic-hoop or tight to bed?

Thanks in avance

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  1. I've never tried it, but on a garden site I often visit, there was a thread about this. Several people said they had success in overwintering peppers in the ground, but they were in CA or AZ.

    The others dug them up and brought them in, trimming most leaves so they were in a state of semi-dormancy, needing only a little water every 2 wk or so. They said they usually get a 6 week headstart on pepper production next year.

    This year I happen to have some peppers in pots, so maybe I'll bring them into the garage and see if they last over winter. Thanks for the idea.

    I love to over-winter peppers and usually get a 6 week headstart on production the folowing year.

    Oh, and the respondents agreed that peppers were not good indoor plants.

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    1. re: DonShirer

      I agree with Don, I live in AZ and they can be made to overwinter. i've had many of them that I protected live for several years. They will freeze, though, and if you're going to pot them up to put them in the garage over winter, you might want to do that fairly early on, so they don't have to deal with transplant shock as well as being garaged. May be less trouble to just replant, they're not hard to get. The exception to me is my chiltepins- I cosset them and make sure they don't freeze, because they're beautiful plants

    2. Heard on an NPR garden show that peppers are perrenial (sp) in regions where weather is warm all the time. Said you can pot them up and bring them inside before a frost is near... but you'll need a nice SUNNY spot for them. ONE touch of frost and they're TOAST! They will continue to bloom and produce, but will be smaller fruit. In WARM regions, they apparently grow almost into bushes or small trees??

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      1. re: kseiverd

        Thanks for the reply. Here in the MD beach area; don't get much frost, manily in the mid-low 40's. Mine are in raised beds; so I'm gonna try cutting back once finished 2013 season, heavy mulch & fabric covering.
        Worth a try