They'll probably bounce back as long as they didn't get too heavy of a frost. I have several "accidental" over-wintered plants that saw a great deal of weather in the 30s this winter. I was expecting them to die during the winter, but they're coming along OK now.
But the damaged leaves will probably all drop, and the plant will need to grow new ones. So it's definitely a setback.
Your plants would have been further along if you'd have kept them out of these temperatures.
Things haven't been progressing as fast as I would have hoped.
It's been a month since my last post, and the progress has been hit and miss.
The plot of seedlings is coming along slow. It's in a very shady spot, and the night-time temperatures have been somewhat cool. They're also getting decimated by bugs.
Here's a close-up of some of the bug damage.
I'm more rigorous about keeping after the pests in my planned beds. But in this spontaneous, in-ground spot, I'm reluctant to nuke the entire area with some sort of bug-killer.
Of the seedlings I transplanted out of the in-ground patch of stump peppers, the progress has been all over the place. A few quickly became big enough to transplant, and are doing pretty well:
A few more look healthy, and are just now getting big enough to transplant:
I've already thrown out a few, and many of the remaining transplants are coming along slow. Perhaps my rough method of transplanting these seedlings caused more damage than I thought.
I'm still really enjoying playing around with these peppers, but I've been surprised with the attrition. If I do this again, I may not worry as much about preserving the original bed, and I'll just dig in deep to get better transplants.
I'm a little perplexed by the wide difference in progress. I think there's something causing some of these plants to grow so slowly, but I haven't nailed down any theory yet.
These beans will make a nice shade cover over tomato row if I encourage it. Anybody think a beanstalk ceiling can offer enough cooling to make the maters happier in the hubs of hell heat of the summer?
Diminishing the mid-day heat is only half the problem down here.
If those beans can do something about the hot, humid nights, then you're on to something.