I have three huge bell pepper plants that are still alive and kicking. I do live in the south, but we’ve had some nights that have been down in the 20s this year and they made it through with flying colors. I hope they continue to survive.
Cover them up when it gets below freezing, or, if you know it could get cold for a more significant amount of time, start training your plants to come inside. Bring them in for a few hours, then out for a few hours. Keep doing this until you find you can keep them inside, mind you near a window with lots of light. Eventually, it’ll be able to survive both in and outdoors.
How do bell peppers do indoors? I live in the mid-Atlantic area and have tried growing bell peppers outside. The birds always get them. Maybe if I tried growing them inside, we could harvest enough for salads.
Well, as an update, we lost them to frost. I imagine we could have brought them indoors, but they are rather large and with a two year old and three pets in the house it didn’t seem worth the hassle. Some one told us that there is a possibility they will come back in the spring because the stalks are very thick and hearty. I don’t know if there’s any truth to that, but it’s worth a shot so we’ve left them in place. Stay tuned!
I just paid $3.00 each for some red bell peppers. We love them, but they are incredibly high priced. I planted a few plants last year, but the birds got my peppers. Oh, but I detest those big black birds who wait for me to plant a vegetable for them and rob my little garden as soon as the veggies start showing up.