My Chilly Chilli Challenge
|I love how the red of this pot matches my fiery chillis. They brighten up the New Year gloom too.|
My first gardening project of 2015 is to try and overwinter this chilli plant. I tried in vain last year with the 'Basket of Fire' plants I grew, but unlike the one owned by my friend Lu in Totnes, sadly they didn't make it into 2014. As you can see, this year's attempt is faring better *crosses fingers*.
Our milder October may have been a factor in this plant's survival. It started flowering again and some of the resultant fruits are now slowly turning a fiery red. I also started with a shop bought specimen of unknown variety which I fully expected to keel over. It's lost plenty of leaves, but when I inspected and trimmed it last month, I noticed there were still plenty of healthy looking clusters of leaves on the lower part of the plant.
My ongoing care regime is to water occasionally and move the plant off the windowsill when particularly icy nights are forecast. Although we have double glazing, night time temperatures can still plummet to chilly depths behind the curtains.
Around March/April time my plan is to pick off any remaining fruits, trim the plant back to the healthiest clusters of leaves, re-fresh the compost (or re-pot if necessary), give it a good feed and start regular watering *crosses fingers again*.
Have you successfully overwintered any chilli plants? Please share your top tips for success in the comments, or tell me about your first project of 2015.