Hi, I'm trying to over winter my Chillies. Last season they were all coming on strong when Autumn came. I thought that if I tried to keep the plants alive it would give me a head start this season. I'm in Victoria (cool temperate).
I have googled it, but it's mainly British and American area guides. I trimmed them back fairly harshly and located the potted ones in a sheltered spot in the garden and backed the watering right off. They are a mixed variety.
So far one is showing signs of shooting. There has been a fair bit of die back which I have now trimmed off. The weather is not far away from getting a bit warmer, so the hopefully, they will take off again and give me earlier crops.
I had preserved (pickled) quite a few but stocks have run out.
Has anyone else had any success in over wintering Chillies? If so please share your methods with us.
Thanks and Cheers🍻Bergs
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I hadn't heard the term overwintering before. I had to Google it.
"Overwintering simply describes the process of keeping your plants alive thoroughout the winter. Doing so means that next year you will not have to just rely on plants you have raised from seed in the spring."
I'm keen to grow some jalapeno plants in the spring. Do you have any?
Are chillis hard to grow in general? I've never tried but my suspicion would be that they would be easier than most vegies because they are used to the heat and don't need a lot of water. Is that right?
I agree with @Brad. Chillies are heavy feeders, the more fertilizer, the healthier plants, the hotter fruits.
They are not hard to grow in hot weather. For Victoria, summer is the time to grow them.
I still have mine under the plant blanket. The mornings are still too cold for them.
Good luck @Jasonto your first trial.
It will be interesting to see what you all do with the abundant chillis.
I freeze mine and use them when required. A friend makes jars of sweet chilli sauce to last 12 months. What do you do? Any good receipe?
Some of my Jalapeno's are shooting. I will trim them back a bit more when they really start growing strongly. Mainly to make them look tidy.
Earlier this year I strung some Cayenne's up by their stalks and hung them in the garage in a dry spot and just use them as required.
I am going to try and pickle them this season in a vinegar solution. There are few different ways to do it. If you Google chillies there are plenty of ways to do it.