Tonight we have to face the first freezing temperatures maybe below 0 C. No problem at all but there are lots of plants in my garden which will not survive such nights. I had to take some in.
This nice plant has to live inhouse during the winter:
It is a Aji Brazilian Starfish (Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum L.). Isn't it a beautiflul chilli pepper? This is the first ripe starfish chilli of this year. There are lots of greens and orange-red fruits dangling from the branches. Starfish is hot but not too hot (scoville heat 5,000 - 30,000 ) with a fruity flavour. The shape of the fruits reminds of starfish. I hope it will survive the winter. I fostered several habanero plants for 2 up to 3 years. No need to throw the plants away at summers end. They are perennial and like a cool, sunny and rather dry climate during wintertimes. In the house I simply place them under the skylights in the unheated attic. Sometimes I spray them with a little water to keep away spider mites.
For more information about the sizes of my chillies, I put some in relation to a 5 cent coin:
Yellow: Habanero, red: starfish, green: young and small jalapeno (we already ate the big ones)
Looking at the starfish from this angle it reminds me more of a common limpet than a starfish http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patella_vulgata