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Thread: Over-wintered chillies - regrowth already. Prune again?

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    Default Over-wintered chillies - regrowth already. Prune again?

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    As the title says - two of the chilli plants I pruned back hard to over winter are already growing new leaves. (Small on one plant, but getting quite big on the other). Should I prune off this new growth too, or leave it? I assume the former, as the new growth will be wasting the plant's resources, but if it's still warm enough for them to grow new leaves, perhaps I should leave it...? (See what I did there?! :s)

    (The plants are inside on a windowsill by a radiator, but it does get cold during the day and night still when the heating is off...)

    Thanks.
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    I cut mine back hard and they are re growing and flowering. I just leave them to grow, mine are on a window ledge too. If the leaves are getting sunlight and are green, they will be photosynthesising and producing food for the plant.

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    Can you put them somewhere cooler? Maybe a bathroom windowsill?

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    They're already on a bathroom windowsill! Any my house isn't too warm at the best of times...

    The leaves are getting some light, though not a huge amount. I'm actually quite surprised at how lush and green they're looking!

    I might prune if anything starts to flower, but I suppose if it's warm and light enough for leaves to flourish, the plant will benefit from having them?

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    I also trimmed mine back, but they are producing lots of new growth and are flowering.

    I will be leaving mine alone....

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    Hmm, I don't cut mine back at all. The Habaneros that are in the house are all still flowering and setting fruit.

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    Thanks all.

    I might as well let mine grow, then! Since they've used up their energy to make new leaves they might as well get some energy back from them.
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