I live in Northern California. It's traditionally cold and wet here in the
winter. I've been thinking about moving the pepper plants I have (jalapeno,
anaheim and cayenne) indoors. Is this a crazy idea?
Pam's right but I'd say that it's really a waste of time and energy unless
you have a greenhouse. They like very high light. And even so, they will
tend to lose leaves due to the "shock" of moving them indoors. They
definately will if you have to dig them and pot them up. You will have to
cut them back some. They you will have to play bee to pollinate for fruit
which you'll get maybe a few weeks to a month or so ahead of planting new
seedlings in the garden in the spring. But if you want to try it, it may
work out well for you. Just don't expect continued fruit production if any
I've done it but it was a bother. Put in basement window at ~65 deg. F in
winter. Had to keep watered and bugs were a problem. Got peppers following
year but found it easier to leave pots outside and plant new seedlings in
I have had pepper plants for four years. I cut them back when I bring
them in in the fall, I spray them for bugs. You do not need bees to
polinate pepper plants. In Italy they grow for years in areas where
there is no frost .
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