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So I have a nice habanero plant, overwintered twice, now entering its third growing season. I'm wondering if I really need to sink it into the garden or just leave it in the pot in the garden area for the summer+?
I'm not really needing it to get bigger as it's very manageable now for the overwintering season, but I don't want to deprive it of any other possible crucial advantages of putting it into the ground.
Is just "being outside" beneficial enough to keep it healthy and productive or do you think it's much better to plant it in the garden for another season? Pros or cons? Your thoughts and advice are appreciated! Thanks