overwintering chile plants
This year was my first time growing Chiles. I have 18 plants potted in 2 gallon containers. I am interested in information about overwintering them.
I have an unheated garage with several windows which I use for overwintering perennials and ornamental trees. This has worked quite well for such plant material in the past. The temp. in the garage is usually in the 30's but does drop down to high 20's during the coldest part of the winter. Is this too cold to support them?
My other option would be to bring them into my basement, which is typically 50-60 deg F. Not as much light, although I suppose I could set them up under HID. Is this too warm for them to go into dormancy? How would that affect them next year?
My questions are, are either of the situations described above appropriate for overwintering my Chile plants, and also, what would be ideal conditions for overwintering Chile plants? Thanks for sharing your expertise and advice.