Havnt posted in awhile as work has been hectic with odd shifts.
My peppers are doing well although my over wintered scorpion and scotch bonnet / habernero have been attacked heavily by spider mites. It got to a stage where I had to do a hard prune on the most affected areas.
Pic 1&2 : The Scorpion chilli is producing large pods compared to last year and still putting out lots of flowers. The scotch bonnet habernero had to be pruned hard due to spider mites.
The peppers in my kratky setup have slowed down somewhat but are still producing alot of peppers. My guess is that perhaps it's time to place them into individual buckets as its getting rather root bound considering I have 8 plants in a small tub.
On the other hand the ghosts, 7 pot, red habernero and the savina growing in the soil are doing very well with no insect issues what's so ever.
Pic 3: black pearls and a surprise black prince? ? The black peppers have a surprising hot kick
Pic 4: Mexican Serrano has been harvested 3 times already with an abundance of peppers. Very impressed with the yield.
2nd last pic is my over wintered ghost that is extremely pot bound in the fabric shopping bag from last year and has many pods and flowers. Very surprised on its development considering it's been neglected.
Last pic is harvest of elephant garlic that were grown in large pots - very happy with the results with these and will plant alot more next winter.
over wintering. . .straight answer no.
(Mind you this is my thoughts on it)
Why it's easier to maintain a healthier cutting or seedlings meaning it has alot more cheaper lab control
I.e. only need alot more smaller controlled environment to keep warm over winter (heater pad and perhaps 1 double fluro setup)
But on the flip side my answer could have been different if these were in the ground and all that was needed was some stakes and a plastic shield around them.
Kratky setup is amazing. Yes I will definitely use this method to overwinter seedlings and transfer into ground.
Overall answer regarding overwintering and kratky. ...although it's fun to experiment and have fresh chillies at hand I'll be honest and say (each to their own) it's alot easier and cheaper and 100 fold times more convenient to buy the superhot paste in jars ready to use and stow away as it takes away the maintenance, running costs and care taking to grow maybe 1kg worth of chilli yield for the average grower.