Disaster has struck my efforts to overwinter a number of chilli plants.
Before going away for a 3 week holiday in the new year I entrusted my overwintering plants top my fathers care as I didn’t want to leave them unwatered for about 3 and a half weeks. At my dads they were moved to a workshop window where there was minimal heating compared to my warm living room.
Well upon my return I received news that the plants had not taken well to the sudden change in temperature. They had dropped all of their leaves and looked decidedly unhappy with life.
I brought them back home and kept them watered in the hope that they would survive however i’ve now come to accept that they have not made it through the winter.
While obviously disappointed that all of my plants failed to make it through the winter I have learned a valuable lesson for next year. Overwintering chilli plants require a warm consistent temperature. It was most likely the sudden shock of moving from my warm flat to a cold workshop that killed them.
I know they are dead because when I snipped the stems of a few of them the inside was completely dried out and hollow.
Oh well, onwards and upwards…best i get on and plant some seeds to make up the loss!
Does anyone have any success stories with overwintering this year? If so do leave a comment below.