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    Default First frost :(

    Had to scrape the frost of the windshield this morning - first frost of the year - after the summer.

    The thermometer in the poly tunnel said that 5 degrees was the lowest but still - my poor chilies...

    Not my favorite growing year at all ...

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    Eeep. Am in a warmer area than you, but that's a handy reminder to get mine inside.
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    Ouch.
    Not surprised though cos we've had a few really chilly nights recently.

    Your plants OK?
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    Mine have been in for a week, though I'm not getting many chillies I'm hoping to overwinter them.
    I know I'm in the South West but I think I'm in a little climate all on its own. We had a light ground frost last week.

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    No frosts here yet my lowest GH temps been 6.8c it will soon be time to get the fleece out.

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    It was down to 5 degrees in the tunnel but hopefully only for a short while. I have too many chili plants to bring in (about 70) - though I might bring a couple of better ones in just in case.

    Most are still green but they are just starting to go red or brown now. It hasn't been a great year for them to be honest - hopefully better next year.

    I will try and overwinter some of them though. I hope all you more southerly growers had a better crop

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    Mine had a really slow start this year Bacchus even though I'm South. I don't have grow lights so I can't really start them off until the end of Feb and Spring was too cold for them to stay in the GH for long. I cut my losses pretty soon and binned the ones I thought wouldn't be worth my while. I've just kept one cayenne for some chills jam and my super hots that haven't even flowered yet. 5 of which I've now got indoors to overwinter - scotch bonnet, lemon drop, black naga x2, and another that I've forgotten off the top of my head! Luckily I had a couple of lemon drops from last year that have given me a steady supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Mine had a really slow start this year Bacchus even though I'm South. I don't have grow lights so I can't really start them off until the end of Feb and Spring was too cold for them to stay in the GH for long. I cut my losses pretty soon and binned the ones I thought wouldn't be worth my while. I've just kept one cayenne for some chills jam and my super hots that haven't even flowered yet. 5 of which I've now got indoors to overwinter - scotch bonnet, lemon drop, black naga x2, and another that I've forgotten off the top of my head! Luckily I had a couple of lemon drops from last year that have given me a steady supply.
    My Cayenne's did reasonably well - they are just starting to turn red now. What surprised me was my chocolate variety have done really well - no heat of them, but they are the exceptions (I can't remember the exact name - I'll have to look it up) - most other varieties do have fruit - just not very many and the plants are small

    My superhots haven't flowered yet either - very disappointing this year - I'll bring in a couple to see if the heat in the house helps those.

    I started mine off in January - under lights but I actually think that next year I'll hold off until February. The cold snap in May/June times this year seemed to really set them back - so starting early didn't really benefit me at all.

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