planting Capsicum annuum inside or not

mistyreinyFebruary 20, 2014

I have plenty of room inside to plant all of these that I have. I am posting this thread so as to determine if I should plant these pepper plants inside or outside seeing as the super hots and just plain hot species take 6 months to produce their first fruit and 9 months to get into full production . I am only asking if they should be planted in or out because by the time they get into full production it will be this November. Should I just do inside so as to eliminate the pain of watching all my babies slowly but surely die? just to re clarify I am zone 10, snow is quite likely every winter.

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What is it pepper plants do every winter? Do they hibernate like trees or die like peas?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 8:02PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Peppers are evergreen perennials. That means, they do not hibernate, but either live or die. One can slow down their growth, indoors, but cannot make them to hibernate.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 8:32PM
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Misty: I'm in zone 10 also. and though I usually start my peppers much earlier, I just started mine a week ago this year.

Start them inside now under lights and the annuums you'll be able to get outside by mid/late April and the superhots about a month later. You'll have time to get AT least a couple flushes, no problem.

Frost will kill them, but many growers overwinter them inside by pruning the root system and foliage and "sort of" put them in hibernation by sticking in a south facing window, water sparingly and make sure the aphids aren't nailing them throughout the winter.

Type overwintering peppers in the search box. many threads on this. I find people in zone 10 do it just to see if they can or have a special plant they've been overwintering for years. To me, it's just too simple to start fresh again -- by the time I pull my plants in Late Dec/Jan, I'm already starting seeds inside for the next spring.


    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:25PM
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