Overwintering Chilli Plants
I’ve been getting asked what to do with chilli plants now that the weather has turned wintery, I will be honest and say this year I have composted all but two, mainly because I was lazy but also because I want to try some new varieties next year (after all I have hundreds)
If however you aren’t lazy like me and want to keep your plants alive over winter, then it is really easy and can be done in a few steps.
- Take any chillis that are still on the plant, if they haven’t ripened put them on a bright windowsill
- Cut the plant back so that all you have left is about 12-15cm of the main stem.
- Wrap the pot in bubblewrap to help insulate it and then place in a warmish but light place, If you have a greenhouse they will be fine in there otherwise a windowsill, conservatory or near some patio doors would be fine.
- Now leave alone until it starts to show signs of life in February/March
Just remember not to water the plant, if you do you may rot the roots.
I will upload some pictures later as soon as I have cut my two plants back.
In the mean time if you have any questions please let me know!