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Overwintering Chillies – Update 1

Well it has been almost a month since i brought my chilli plants inside to overwinter them. As you can see from the photographs below they have burst back into life since i chopped them back in the middles of October.

Overwintering Chillies

There are two main reasons the plants have sprung back to life:

  1. Heat: The plants have been moved from the cool/cold temperatures of October into my living room which is usually a round a steady 18 degrees.
  2. Light: Most of the plants i am attempting to overwinter were in a rather shady part of my garden which got very little direct sunlight. The windowsill where they have been moved to is south facing so receives a fare amount of any sunshine the UK Autumn has to offer. As a result (despite the days getting shorter) they are probably receiving about the same, if not more light than they were a month ago.

I expect that as the daylight hours continue to reduce (as winter draws in) the plants growth will slow if not stops and perhaps the plants may shed their new found leaves.

I’ll post another update in a month or so with some progress on how the plants are doing.




3 comments… add one

  • Fred Perry November 5, 2011, 1:19 am

    A friend of mine has chilli plants in his greenhouse but they are going mouldy. I have told him to cut down on watering and having the parafin heater on to high, should he trim the plants down for regrowth.
    Can you advise please,
    all the best to you and yours,
    Fred P.

    • The Chilli King November 15, 2011, 10:28 am

      Fred Perry – Definitely sound like either over watering and/or lack of airflow. I’d suggest reduced watering and try opening the greenhouse door/windows during the day. Adding a heater won’t do any harm either now that the night time temperatures are starting to go single digit.

  • Hickory December 17, 2009, 12:08 pm

    Tying a ristra , dried chillies

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksDJ48EU5uQ

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