I first entertained the idea of overwintering peppers about a month ago. This past weekend, I decided to pull the trigger and go for it. First, we took the two cayenne pepper plants in the five-gallon bucket and tipped the whole thing upside-down. While Keith was holding the plants and the top of the soil (which was now at the bottom) in his hands, I lopped off about a third of the roots from the bottom of the soil (which was now at the top) and separated the smaller pepper plant from the larger one. The larger plant got transplanted into a new pot to be brought inside for the winter.
Here is the pepper plant in its new pot and new indoor space for the winter. I pulled off all the damaged leaves from the bottom, so the plant looks a bit bare at the moment. That is a south-facing window behind the pepper plant, so I hope the plant can get enough sunlight to survive the winter indoors. I'm definitely not expecting the plant to thrive indoors - I'm willing to settle for any level of "alive"!
Here's a close-up of the pepper plant. As you can see, this plant still has lots of green cayenne peppers. If they ever turn red, this pepper plant is going to look really pretty! Well, it already looks like a pretty houseplant in the living room, and Keith and I are very happy to have some greenery in the house. But with some red peppers, I'm sure it will look even prettier.
I'm really curious to see how this will work out. I'll be providing regular update during this winter for those of you who may be curious.
Linked to: Tuesday Garden Party