I had 80 odd, foot high chili plants set out, and we had a frost, 31. A dozen or so weren't affected, but the rest were - all the leaves were completely blackened and shriveled up. The stems are still green and look fine, as is that small *stem* or stalk of the leaf, that goes from the stem out to the leaf.
With tomatoes, when they get hit by a spring frost, I usually cut the plant off and leave 4 - 5 inches of stem above ground, with a couple of nodes. 80% of the time, the plant will shoot new growth, and I'll manage a decent harvest.
So, does anyone have any experience with this? Should I cut the plant off, leaving 4 - 5 " of stem, which doesn't appear to be damaged?
Or should I just leave 'em and pray to the roasted green chili God? A few sacrificial offerings?