Jalapeno peppers are a classic pepper found in many Mexican dishes as it originates in Mexico. Jalapeno peppers are considered a mild pepper and most eat them while still green; they also have a grassy taste to them. Once the Jalapeno pepper ripens to red the heat turns to sweet and the pepper has a light heat with a touch of sweetness. We grow our Jalapeno peppers here on the farm to use in our popular homestead salsa recipe.
Sun: Full sun
Days to Maturity: 90-120
Sow: 6 weeks before last frost
When starting jalapenos seeds it's best to start them 6 weeks before the last frost date in your area if your starting sweet bell peppers start your jalapenos at the same time.
Soaking pet pellets in warm water and waiting until they expand, place 1-2 seeds in each swollen pellet about 1/4 to 1/2 in deep. Water thoroughly. Place cloche, plastic lid, clear bag, or clear plastic bottle over the seedlings. Opening the cloche only to water when dry, and removing during the day when you see the first seedlings popping up out of the soil.
Once seedlings are 3 inches above the soil transplant them to a larger pot. They can be transplanted out in the garden once the danger of frost has past in your area.
Did you know?
Jalapenos and strawberries are companion plants? Strawberries don't like to be planted where peppers once were but they do well when planted near each other.