Q.Can I Dig Up My Ghost Peppers And Move Them To A New Location? Or To Pots? And If So What Is The Best Way.
My Jolokias are in a very compact clay like soil location. This was my first garden and they are also too close together. Its neighboring plants are Zucchini and cucumbers which i am having a problem with the ever evil cucumber beetles and some powdery mildew. I dont want my peppers to go down in flames (haha) with the squash! What to do? P.s the white powder in the photo is diatomaceous earth for pest control.
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They will survive, OK, in that close of proximity. Since they are in the process of bearing fruit, I would not move them. If you want to wait until after a harvest, then this could be appropriate.
Keeping them in containers, and under lighting, is a good way to keep one or a few alive during that time. Even in container, they will get quite big and overproduce, so you may only want to keep one. They can be treated as Perennial in container, and in fact, can resemble a small tree after a few years.
Between fruit sets, dig one up a good foot out from the stalk, shake off extra soil, trim excess roots if necessary, and place it into a container with plenty of soil below and above the root ball, and water in. It will grow in container quite well.
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