I’m a pequin/chiltepin enthusiast. I live in the Northeast—is it too cold for them to survive over the winter? I have a few from last year and no budding yet. What do you think?
A: Hello Rich:
Chiltepins can survive mild frosts. They die back to ground level and then sprout new growth from the base of the plants in the spring. They cannot, however, survive hard freezes. The best thing to do is to grow them in pots, then bring the pots inside and let the plants go dormant. They should sprout when placed outside when the weather warms. I have 7-year-old chiltepins in pots that over-winter in my greenhouse.