A Few Overwinters - pics

tsheets(5)May 18, 2013

I just finished potting up all my peppers today, tomorrow the in-ground plants will find their new homes.

Most are nothing too special, but, these 3 overwintered 7-pots are doing exceptionally well.

I just moved them from the small 1/2 gal containers they spent the Winter in to 1 gal containers.

Here's a couple 7-pot Brain Strains. The one on the left fell off the ledge and out of the pot the other day, that's why he's so lopsided.

Here's a 7-pot Yellow, happy as can be! That's a little Bhut in front that got started late this year.

All three 7-pots have blooms just now forming. This is the 7-pot Yellow.

Oh, and hey Romy / Jamie, say hello to your grand-kids!

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

My plants don't look anywhere near as good, but I'm going to follow your lead and pot up my peppers today. My in-ground peppers have been in the ground for several weeks now, due to the warm Spring we've had this year.


    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:26PM
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You're plants look great!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 8:46PM
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Thanks! Got the rest of them in the ground today.

The ones pictured above were a bit stressed today in the direct sun. Their location now has quite a bit more direct sunlight than where I had them before. So, we're still hardening off. :-) I just gave them a drink, and the shade reached them a couple hours later and they perked back up. A little sunburn maybe, but, not bad.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 10:44PM
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Great looking plants, looks like that's the best way to go, starting some from seeds and keeping some overwinters. I will have to give it a go since my fail in 2011.

Seems we all have plants from Jamie's generosity :-) Hugh Thanks!


    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 7:41AM
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Thanks, Mark. Overwintering the chinese varieties is definitely the way to go! Others too, but the slower varieties certainly benefit from having the maturity.

I had a Fatalii plant for 3 years that I planted in the garden and dug up for the Winter (twice). His roots got too big to keep in a small pot so I had to let it go after the 3rd year. I have never had that issue with potted peppers, though. Anyway, I definitely got more pods in the 2-3 years than the first.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 8:52PM
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Do you just top them or do you also repot? Do you trim the roots? Also do you use the 5-1-1 mix to over winter? I would like to be successful this season with overwintering.

I think it was 2011 season when I last tried I just brought them in and in the spring brought them out. They were fine until I brought them out the new leaves would sprout then stop growing then the plant from the top down turned brown and dried up. So after that I have not tried again.

Any suggestions would be great.


    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 7:41AM
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Very nice indeed Tim. Can't wait to see what the pods look like. Should not be long judging by how healthy they are.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 9:47AM
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Mark, I have been overwintering since before I heard of 5-1-1, but, these particular plants were overwintered in 5-1-1.

This is typical for what I do:

I top them significantly, trim the roots equally, clean off all the old medium, and put them in fresh medium in pots no larger than 1 gal (not even full). I water them and feed them lightly every few weeks. Usually, just have them lined up in the window, but, have had them under shop lights before (they did better there).

You can trim them regularly if they start to get too out of control. Think bonsai.

In the Spring, treat them like a seedling when hardening off.

The hardest part is to not overwater.

@Jamie - I hope some set and it doesn't drop all the blooms. This is the first flush I believe!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 10:35PM
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Thanks for the info and pic very helpful indeed. One more question do you cut them back before the season is over to give them some recovery time outside? Or do you get them ready at the end of the season and they go straight indoors? I will be thinking Bonsai all winter long.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 8:02AM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

TSheets,your overwintered plants are so nice. I tried overwinter my habaneros none of them survived.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 4:47PM
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@Mark - It depends. I don't really worry about a recovery time. Maybe I should. :-) I just do it when it gets cold, but, some I push a little longer if I am waiting on some pods ripening, and some I cut short if I know I'm not going to get anything more out of them. So, mostly they just come in, but sometimes they spend a little time outside after their pruning. I'd definitely want to bring it in when it started sprouting new leaves, though.

@Caelian - Thanks. I've lost my share of overwinters. I had a few that didn't make it through this past Winter. I don't think they liked their mix or something.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 11:49PM
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Thanks I will give it a go at the end of the season. Will update as I go along and see what happens.


    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 7:46AM
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Just a question. I have a fairly large habanero and bhut jolokia I overwintered. The bhut is large and tons of blossoms. Being pollinated, and looks healthy in a large pot in the greenhouse. The habanero on the other hand is being pollinated but dropping all of it's blossoms. It's leaves look rather droopy but it could still be adjusting to the extreme hot temps in the greenhouse when it was initially put outside for good. I am not sure what to do with it to get it to keep pollinated blossoms... He is much smaller and maybe 20 blossoms...

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 12:51PM
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Blossom drop is very common and has every imaginable cause (too hot, too cold, too humid, starving, too much nitrogen, too wet, too dry, you name it).

All my peppers are outdoors and I don't try to pollinate anything. I let mother nature take care of that.

The only advise I can offer in this case is be patient. Not what you want to hear, I know. I know I'm an amateur compared to nature, so, my job is to get them started / keep alive over the Winter and then get out of the way.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 3:59PM
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