Overwintered Pepper Plant
There are few types of vegetables that don’t always survive winter in my zone 9a garden without protection when temperatures dip below freezing.
In the past, I have protected my San Marzano tomato plants with success by covering them completely with frost cloth.
This year, I decided to protect my bell pepper plants. The reason was because they were producing so well up until December and I didn’t want to have to wait a long time for new peppers.
I believe I’ve told you before that patience isn’t my strong suit.
Of course, this was the winter when we broke records with temps in the low 20’s for five days in a row. I wasn’t sure that my peppers would survive, even with protection.
The upper leaves did suffer frost damage and had to be cut back.
I wasn’t sure if the base would form new leaves. I have been checking every week now that the temperatures are warming up.
Guess what I saw last week?
Bell Pepper plant planted among garlic and nasturtiums.
There are new leaves growing from my pepper plant! I can hardly believe that it made it through the coldest winter we have had in over 30 years.
How about you?
What warm-season vegetables have you been able to over-winter?
I have a Italian red pepper, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper that look like they are going to make it. Was a super-cold winter, wasn't it?
Well, funny thing is that this year for the first time, we have successfully overwintered peppers too!! But here in Minnesota, we have to keep them in our basement. I put them in a dark room so they would go dormant, and kept them mostly dry all winter. A few weeks ago, we brought them back upstairs and watered them, and we're starting to see some new growth. Now, I'm not holding my breath that they will all come back to life, but I know a few are which is HUGE for us! (oh, I'll be writing a post about this too BTW! 🙂
I didn't save anything this winter. I was too lazy 🙂