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ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

My chilies (cayenne) are living in a plastic greenhouse with the tomatoes during the day, but I'm still bringing them in at night. The one time I did leave them out, the lower leaves went all floppy. Will they be alright outside overnight at some point?

Thank you!


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    You only need to protect from frost really, I'm already leaving some things outside overnight even now.

    There is a chilli thread on here already, it will be worthwhile looking at that there's plenty of great info on there.

  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    Thanks for that. My tomatoes basil and marjoram seem happy outside, but my chills really didn't like one night at about five degrees. Maybe I'll wait a week or two yet.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    Chilies and peppers really need a minimum night temperature of 12C to grow really well.  From my own experience, anything under 5C can kill them, or at least badly stunt their growth and they take a long time to recover from having their growth 'checked' like that.  I'd keep bringing them in at night until June.


    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    Excellent thanks. I'll wait a bit then. Average lows for May here are 7.4C.

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