Potted habanero plant, will it survive indoors?
Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:20 PM
Should I pick the red, ripe ones as soon as they get to that state, or can I leave them on the plant?
What's the best way to store a bunch of picked habaneros?
And finally, I brought the plant indoors so it won't get destroyed in the hurricane, but can or should I bring it indoors over the winter so it doesn't frost up, and if so, can it still produce fruit? There are lots of as yet undeveloped buds springing up on it.
Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:33 PM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:39 PM
For storage, if you're not making a hot sauce or pickling them then just freeze them fresh. That's all I do with mine and then use them one or two at a time over the course of the year. They're fine frozen, don't lose any heat or flavour, but much easier to work with in this state.
As far as keeping the plant over the winter, I'm not sure you'll get anything from it during that period unless you have really good indoor growing conditions. Even a sunroom won't really do it as you're getting so much less sun now than even just a month ago. Much less intensity too. If you have a fluorescent light and table to set the plant up for the winter, then you could cut it back, feed it lightly and baby it through the winter, but I wouldn't expect much from it as far as peppers go when the snow is flying.
Good luck with it.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:13 AM
Our two chili plants are about three years old, now, and one has been producing heavily since early summer (the other, inadvertently repotted in a really large pot, only started flowering about a month ago). I pick the fruit at all different stages, and mostly just string them on thick thread to dry.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:00 PM
Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:05 PM
It'll need some light and warmth which is sort of a conundrum in the winter next to a window but this year it'll have a light focused on it. A 46w 2600K CFL puts out quite a bit of heat and the output will supplement what the plants need. Hopefully.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:26 PM