We had some some Bell and Jalapeno pepper plants planted in the summer last year. The jalapeno's were especially prolific (I made some great hot sauces and smoked/dried some as Chipotle peppers). I had heard that these plants can over winter if put in pots and brought inside. We didn't want to pot them so we tried to help them along over the winter where they were planted. After the season was over Shaun-ta' pruned them back to small 18" stubs and then to help protect the roots piled up grass clippings around the base of the plants.
We didn't expect much but hoped for good results. We live in Zone 7b/8a in East Texas and had a very mild winter though we did have some freezes and frosts. As the winter progressed the plants regressed to dry shrived twigs, they maintained some green stem where the grass was hilled up. Come the end of January they didn't look good all of the green was gone.
We were in the garden a couple weeks ago and Shaun-ta' took a closer look at the pepper plants. She excitedly called me over to look. Out of the 6 of them a couple seemed to have some green stem just below the dirt. We almost pulled them up a couple of times, sure glad we didn't.
|Green Jalapeno Plant 1 (notice the small green stem to the rt. of the stalk)|
|Green Jalapeno shoots Plant 2|