Overwintering 2016 November Update

November 22, 2016 | Article Topics: , ,

It’s been little over a month since I trimmed back my reaper and bhut jolokia for overwintering. I figured this would be a good time to check in for the first time and see how the two plants are surviving. And surviving they are!

Overwintered Carolina Reaper image

As you can see above the Carolina Reaper keeps putting off plenty of little leaves. I only water each plant with, at most, a quarter cup of water once a week and each week I’m trimming off a few new leaves that have sprouted. I tend to keep one or two left just so the plant still absorbs some light.

Overwintered But Jolokia image

The reaper is the most productive of the two plants in terms of forming leaves. The Bhut Jolokia, on the other hand, isn’t as prolific, but still puts out a leaf or two every other week.

So far, only a month or so into overwintering, I’m happy to report that both plants are alive and doing well. We’ll see how they do as the light dwindles even more and the days grow colder. Hopefully, the 68° basement temperatures and northern light (the only spot for southern light puts the plants in danger of being destroyed by one of our dogs) are enough to maintain the plants health. That’s it for now.