Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rising like a phoenix

Yep. Hot peppers are perennials:


This is one of last year's cayenne peppers, returning from the ground after multiple winter freezes. I tried to protect the tops without much luck... but 2 out of 4 came back. This picture was taken a few weeks ago - the plant is blooming now.

If you keep them in pots and bring them in now and again (in areas that frost), they'll stay alive for years with a little care. The bell peppers aren't as hardy though. They're basically a one-year pepper. Down in Ft. Lauderdale, I kept a habenero alive for a long time... and got way too many peppers off it. I dunno about you, but I can't find use for more than a few of those babies at a time. Yowch.

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At June 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

yup...
I had a few that came back this year... in spite of the temps dropping down into the 20s a buncha times this Spring...

The plant that came indoors... looks much nicer... covered in blooms...

My experience is that when I re-plant them in the garden, digging them a second time kills them... :(

 

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