two-season peppers?

daninthedirt(Cent TX; HZ10, Sunset z30, USDA z8a)February 14, 2012

I've got in my garden some healthy looking left over banana and pimento pepper plants. I could rip them out, or I could just leave them in. Are they going to be productive for a second year? (They were hugely productive this last fall.) We had one hard freeze last month, and I covered a bunch, but only these survived. I've never tried two consecutive seasons with peppers before.

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JimR36(5b CO)

I still have a sweet pepper plant (from last fall) still growing. I don't really want to get rid of it, so I'm experimenting to see if it will produce again. I plan to add some compost to help replenish the nutrients. If it doesn't do well, I'll dig it up.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 5:05PM
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bossjim1

I had three jalapeno plants that lived for four years, and produced every year.
Jim

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 9:23PM
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ckap(9a Sugar Land,Texas)

Jim,Did you prune the jalapeno plants?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 11:23AM
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bossjim1

No I didn't prune, but I had to switch to a heavier, taller stake.
Jim

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 2:04PM
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sfmathews(7B/8A)

peppers are actually tender perennials, so yes, they should keep producing for you. And yes, as Jim said, you will undoubtedly need stronger supports.
HTH,
Susan

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 8:50PM
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daninthedirt(Cent TX; HZ10, Sunset z30, USDA z8a)

Thank you all. Sounds like I should go for it. The stems are indeed getting quite long, and in fact the plants are now draped over on the ground, so some extra staking will be necessary.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 10:14PM
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