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It is a challenge, but it is relatively easy to master: in this post we would like to explain to you how to properly overwinter peppers.Peppers have to spend the winter indoors
The bell pepper originally comes from South and Central America, where it always thrives thanks to the year-round warmth. In Germany it looks different, of course, because our winters are far too cold for all types of pepper. You cannot leave your pepper plants outdoors during the winter because the frost would kill them. You have to overwinter your peppers in the house. The hibernation is even very positive for the paprika plants, because often the yield can be increased in the coming year and thus more peppers can be harvested.
However, hibernation only has a positive effect on the pepper plants if they are done correctly and you pay attention to some things. Therefore, the following explains exactly how you should proceed step by step when wintering your bell pepper plants.
Instructions for overwintering peppers
The pepper plants always spend the warm season in a bucket on the terrace or in the garden. The cultivation usually does not cause any problems. But hibernation is also very easy if a few important requirements are met and you follow the steps below.
➤ Step 1 - Check plants for pests / diseases:
Before you bring the paprika plants into the house for the winter, you should check whether aphids or spider mites have tampered with the plants or whether any diseases are recognizable. The pests would multiply explosively over the winter and cause considerable damage to the plants. So you have to fight them first.
➤ Step 2 - choose the perfect location:
As soon as the first frosts threaten at night, you have to take the plants to the winter quarters. The location must be bright in any case and the temperatures should also be around 10 degrees. The winter garden or the hallway could therefore be considered as a winter quarters.
➤ Step 3 - watering & fertilizing during winter time:
If the conditions are optimal, the plants will also develop peppers in winter. The dry heating air does not get the paprika plants, which is why you should spray the leaves above and below with distilled water every day. This moisture supply can also keep any pests in check.
In winter quarters, pepper plants are generally not watered as often and fertilizers are completely dispensed with.
➤ Step 4 - Prepare plants for the new gardening season:
In March you should then transplant the peppers into larger containers with fresh soil and put them in a slightly warmer place. In order to get the plants off to a good start, you should now also administer good long-term fertilizer and water them regularly. A tomato fertilizer is best for fertilizing the peppers. You should also cut the plants back a little.
➤ Step 5 - bring plants back outdoors:
As soon as there is no longer any risk of frost at night, you can take your pepper plants outdoors again. It is best to wait until after the ice saints.