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To my surprise, and at my first attempt, I have done quite well with chillies and peppers. My problem now is how do I keep them and also how do I keep the plants for next year? There are chillies of assorted sizes and types and one Bell Pepper. They have all been grown outside in planters. Thanks in anticipation.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,036
    Do you have a greenhouse or conservatory?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BryanCBryanC Posts: 18
    Hi and thanks for your response. I don't have a greenhouse or a conservatory unfortunately.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,746
    I freeze chilli peppers with no problems, as for keeping plants I know it can be done but I've tried without success.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,634
    edited October 2018
    Can you bring the plants indoors to a position with plenty of light?  If so, they can go on for months if you keep them watered but not drowning and a fortnightly feed will keep them flowering and fruiting.

    Chili peppers can be frozen whole, chopped and frozen in ice cube trays, dried - put a thread through their stalks using a sewing needle and string them up vertically or horizontally in windows - or you can make chili jam.   See BBC Food and BBC Good Food websites for recipes.
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  • BryanCBryanC Posts: 18
    Thanks for the advice Barry and Obelixx. I will give the drying and freezing a go but I don't think I can get the plants through the winter. The chilli jam is a cert though! I was buying it at a market stall but he stopped selling it so it is now a DIY job. Thanks again.
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