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Overwintering veggies inside

 
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Hey friends! Got some really good pepper, and tomato varieties that I want to plant out next year. I currently have them in pots in my house. That’s really the best I could do right now. I can already tell they’re not big fans of forced air heating and cooling systems. If anyone has any tips on overwintering in this manner please let me know. Thank you!
 
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I can't think where but I know someone has mentioned this somewhere. Just had a look and can't see it. Also about taking cuttings from tomatoes. watching with interest.
 
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Thanks Mandy. I should have mentioned that these were plants from cuttings. I am looking for exact clones for next year.
 
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I was thinking that there was a recent discussion related to your topic.

If all you want to do is keep them alive until spring that might work.

I bring in my lemon balm that is in a hanging basket every year. Well, last year I had a gout attack and could not walk for a week.  Poor thing died because no one watered it.

If I remember that discussion correctly there was something said about not enough light indoors.
 
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I am going to invest in some daylight bulbs for a corner of the kitchen so I can start seedlings off indoors. Maybe that would be your answer.
 
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Lights are not a bad idea. They are smaller and more reasonable than they used to be.
 
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Is there a cool unheated room in your house? I've had luck bringing plants (chillis, sweet peppers, citrus) plants inside (so its warmer than outdoors), but keeping them somewhere as cool as possible so they go dormant- they require less light this way and don't try to grow and go leggy, but survive long enough for spring to come and me to put them back outside in the greenhouse.
 
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Great idea Chris. I’m going to definitely try that!
 
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Just an update. Only herbs and gotu kola did well. Everything else got dried out with the forced air heating system and died. I’m hoping to have a dedicated room with a humidifier next fall to overwinter plants in.
 
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Hate that you lost your peppers! I tried to overwinter some pepper plants this winter, as well, and had similar results with the ones in the house. They did okay until the central heat was coming on more consistently; then they dried out and appear dead, except for two bell pepper plants (of course the ones I didn't really care about surviving are the only ones still living). Usually I can convince them to go dormant, but I used to put them under a table in the greenhouse instead of keeping them inside.
It seems that they really dry out quickly inside. If you can convince them to go dormant by gradually reducing light & temps during the fall they do much better in my experience.
 
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