If you’re a gardener of spicy food, then you’re in for a treat because we’re going to show you how to grow your very own jalapenos!
Not only is it super easy, but it’s also extremely rewarding to pluck a pepper off your own plant and add it to your dishes.
Imagine the pride you’ll feel when you serve a homemade dish made with peppers you grew yourself.
Jalapenos are not only delicious but also incredibly versatile, you can use them in so many ways from salsas, guacamoles, sandwiches, and the list goes on.
How to Plant Jalapenos?
However, if you did know Jalapenos are a popular ingredient in many dishes, and they can be easily grown in a home garden. If you’re interested in planting jalapenos, here’s a guide to help you get started.
- Jalapeno seeds or seedlings
- Potting soil
- Pots or garden bed
- Fertilizer (optional)
Step 1: Choose Your Jalapeno Variety
There are many different varieties of jalapenos, each with its own unique flavor and heat level.
Some popular varieties include the classic Jalapeno M, The milder Early Jalapeno, and The extremely hot Inferno Jalapeno.
Consider what you want to use the jalapenos for and choose a variety that suits your needs.
If you want to use them for cooking, you may want a variety with a medium heat level.
Also, If you decide to make hot sauce, you may want to choose a variety that is very hot.
Step 2: Prepare Your Pots or Garden Bed
When planting your jalapenos in pots, fill them with high-quality potting soil.
Also, If you choose to plant them in a garden bed, ensure the soil is well-draining and has a pH between 6 and 7.
Step 3: Plant Your Jalapeno Seeds or Seedlings
If you are starting with jalapeno seeds, plant them about ¼ inch deep in the soil.
If you’re using seedlings, plant them at the same depth as they were in their original container.
Step 4: Water Your Jalapenos
Jalapenos need to be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
Water your jalapenos immediately after planting, and continue to water them regularly, making sure the soil stays moist but not waterlogged.
Step 5: Fertilize Your Jalapenos (Optional)
You also have the option to give your jalapenos an extra boost, you can fertilize them with a balanced fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for the appropriate amount to use.
Step 6: Provide Adequate Sunlight
Jalapenos need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive.
If you’re growing them in pots, make sure to place them in a sunny spot. If you’re growing them in a garden bed, make sure the bed gets plenty of sunlight.
Step 7: Monitor for Pests and Diseases
Jalapenos are susceptible to pests and diseases like aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew.
You should always look out for any signs of infestation, and take appropriate action on the plant if necessary.
Step 8: Harvest Your Jalapenos
Jalapenos are ready to harvest when they are fully grown and have turned red.
Use a pair of sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut the pepper off the plant. Be careful not to damage the plant when harvesting.
By following these steps, you can successfully plant and grow your own jalapenos. Not only will you have a bountiful harvest, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you grew your own delicious peppers.
Additional Tips to Know When Growing Jalapenos
- Jalapenos prefer warm temperatures, between 70-90°F.
- Jalapenos are drought-tolerant, but for best results, water them consistently.
- Jalapenos should be spaced about 18-24 inches apart, both in the garden bed and in pots.
- Jalapenos are self-pollinating, so you don’t need more than one plant to produce fruit.
- Jalapenos can be grown in a container, but make sure the container is at least 6 inches deep and has drainage holes.
Companion Planting with Jalapenos
- Jalapenos can be planted alongside other vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, and okra.
- Herbs like cilantro, basil, and dill can also be planted alongside jalapenos.
- Avoid planting jalapenos alongside plants that are sensitive to heat or pests, such as strawberries and beans.
Harvesting and Storing Jalapenos
- Jalapenos can be harvested at any stage of maturity but are typically harvested when they are green or red.
- Jalapenos plant can also be stored in the refrigerator for two and a half weeks.
- Jalapenos can also be frozen, canned, or pickled for longer storage.
Jalapenos are a great addition to any garden, not only for their delicious taste but also for the fact that they are easy to grow. With the right care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of jalapenos for cooking or for making your own hot sauce. Have fun and enjoy the process.