Eight weeks ago, I started some Long Thin Cayenne pepper seeds to see how well they would grow in our new indoor grow box. I knew it was late in the season to start peppers, but it was an experiment and I wasn't counting on being able to actually harvest any peppers this year (I sure was hoping, though!). But the pepper seedlings did really well in the grow box, so we transplanted three of them outside. And now we have peppers! I don't know how long it will take for these to ripen red, but I'm excited for even green peppers.
Cayenne peppers, still green.
I've been wondering if I could bring the pepper plants inside to overwinter them. Wondering always leads to questions, many questions. How much sunlight do pepper plants require to overwinter? Could they survive indoors near a south-facing window? Or would east-facing windows be better during the winter? If I could successfully overwinter pepper plants, would they produce peppers all winter long, or hunker down and just go into some sort of survivor dormant mode?
If I could figure out a place to keep them over winter, I sure would like to try to keep them alive, as peppers are technically perennials in warmer zones. I read somewhere that second year pepper plants are often more productive than first year plants. Isn't that just fascinating?