I have read various articles on how to over winter your chilli plant but
to be honest my Habanero are still healthy and producing fruit.
The fruit is ripening when they are tiny though and some are not much
bigger than a pea but the plant it producing flowers and tiny fruits
Question is, should I still prune it right back or should I just allow
it to keep doing it's thing in the hope that it will grow bigger and
juicier fruits once the longer, warmer days arrive in spring?
That's what happened to me when I brought in a couple of sweet peppers a
couple of years ago. I have a similar problem with gardenias which
develop spider mites in the winter. Plants not subjected to rains which
tend to wash off bugs get more invested, I guess.
I have a problem with bugs both indoors and out. Outdoors I spray with a
combination of vinegar, soap, and Cayenne pepper. Indoors I use Yellow
Sticky Traps for aphids and gnats. I also pick them off using a sharp water
spray or by hand if necessary.
A friend has a box similar to a cold frame. Instead of glass, he uses a fine
I guess any problem is manageable but sometimes may not be worth the
effort. Peppers from the store are as good as you can grow. I even
gave up on them outdoors as in last few years with stink bug invasion I
found peppers all stunted and mottled by them and they did not respond
to vegetable garden spray.
That's what my wife says about almost every idea I have. ;)
For Scotch Bonnets and other Habaneros below 250,000 Scoville Units,
I agree with you.
But, are there any stores selling Red Savina, Naga Viper, Infinity,
Bhut Jolokia, Trinidad Scorpion, Super Naga, or Trinidad Moruga?
If there are, their prices are most likely exorbitant!
Room temperature in our spare bedroom next to the window so I would say
16-18 degrees celcius. Watering every 14 days or so with a diluted feed
mixture around 25% of what I would give them in summer.
I am not too fussed about getting larger fruit at the moment as we have
plenty in the freezer from summer but was unsure whether I should have
cut them back seeing as they are healthy enough.
They are a common type of Habanero I think, they are orange in colour.
'Dick Adams[_2_ Wrote:
> ;976681']Stevie email@example.com wrote:
My house is kept at 20 C in the winter. My peppers winter in the basement
where they get the benefit of about 22.5 C by being about 8 meters from
For a common Habanero, like a Scotch Bonnet, I'd be very conservative
in pruning them leaving at least 7 to 8 cm.
I was educated using Feet, Pounds, Gallons, and Fahrenheit. Meters,
Kilograms, and Liters make more sense. Celcius is definitely better
for cooking. But I still prefer Fahrenheit for the weather. ;)
Dick in Maryland
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