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