Overwintering chillies

Overwinter your chillies with firefoods. If you have a spare warm windowsill try this and you will get a early bumper crop of chillies

  • Prune: There are two ways of approaching this, one is to cut the plants right back to a Y shape, the other is to leave as is. I find more growth occurs with the cutting back method, but is suggest you try both.
  • Soil: Remove as much soil from around the roots, cut the roots right back to a grade 1 haircut. Pop the plant  into a  the same or a smaller pot using fresh compost, give the plant a drink.
  • Fertilizing: Peppers and chillies do not require much in the way of fertilizing throughout the winter, a little tomato feed watered down and fed once a month should suffice.
  • Pests:  chances are you will get a few or a lot this winter. A good spray in the shower or kitchen sink is the best chemical-free way to get them off your plant for good. So is keeping your plant as healthy as possible.
  • Peppers like sun and warmth: Keep your plant in the sunniest window you’ve got. If the windowsill gets too cold and drafty move your plant as far away as possible while still providing optimum light.
  • Shock: Some leaves will turn yellow and drop off shortly after transplanting or bringing indoors. This is quite normal. If this continues, prune back bare branches and remove any remaining fruit and flowers so your plant can concentrate on producing foliage, not reproducing. You should see some fresh leaves spring up in the coming weeks. I’ve had peppers that looked to be on their last legs come back strong as soon as the warmth and sun came back in the spring. Give your plants some time, it will be worth it for that early season bumper crop. Of course some plants just don’t overwinter well, period. Give it a go, if it doesn’t work out chalk it up to experimentation and move on.

Here are some pics of overwintered chillies