Are peppers perennial or strickly annual?
I am in Central Virginia Zone 7+ and have a question about my pepper plants. I have NuMex Big Jim and Serrano that almost died but now have completely recovered. Let me explain. Both plants are growing in EarthBoxes. In early July the leaves turned yellow and 75% of the leaves dropped. The plants were properly watered and not under any stress that I could determine. Normally I would have pulled the plants and called it a day. I decided to leave the plants alone. They continued to drop leaves.
About 3 weeks ago I decided to experiment. I dug in 1 cup of Espoma BioTone Starter Plus at the base of each plant and watered heavily. I also sprayed the plant leaves with a fish/kelp solution - double strength. I figured if they were going to die anyway - no problem.
We had 3 days of heavy rain 2 weeks ago and I noticed heavy new leaf development and flower buds at the tops of both varieties. The plants all have recovered are now deep green.
Seems like I read somewhere that peppers are actually perennial in warmer zones. Could the 'renewal' of my pepper plants be due to the BioTone/Fish/Kelp -OR- Are my pepper plants gearing up for a second go round??
Any info available would be appreciated. BTW all of my other pepper plants just stayed green and kept producing without any leaf drop or yellowing.