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First chile set of the new year!

Yipee! Huzzah!

While watering the three chile plants that I brought in to overwinter, I noticed the first open flowers since November. Upon closer inspection, I noticed there was even a little tiny Thai chile set!

This is convincing me that I need to get some sort of greenhouse, or even an expanded growing area inside the house. Imagine picking your first tomatoes and chiles even before the last frost!

Bringing your chile plants indoors for the winter

Bringing your chile plants indoors for the winter
It’s that time of year again, when I look outside at all those wonderful chile pods that have yet to ripen on the plants, and watch the weather report looking for the big freezes. I can’t save all of them, but I am able to keep a small supply of fresh pods coming throughout the winter months by bringing a select few plants indoors.

While chiles are generally grown in the United States as annuals, the plants really are perennials. You can keep them alive for many years if you wish. The biggest advantage for home growers is that you are starting in the spring with a fully mature plant that can start producing again as soon as it is warm enough for flower set.

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