Jalapeño Chili Pepper
At a Glance Info
Light: Full sun
Soil: Loamy and sandy; pH of 7.0 to 8.5 (neutral to weakly alkaline)
Spacing: 18 - 24 in. apart
Height: Appx. 3 feet
Type: Hot pepper (7,500 Scoville units)
Fruit Size: About 3 in. long
The Jalapeño pepper plant is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety of Capsicum annuum (pepper plant). It is an annual plant that is generally low-maintenance and easy to grow. It can be picked when deep green in color, or left on the plant to ripen to red. The fruit will have mild heat if green and will get hotter as it ripens. It is believed to have originated in Mexico.
Always wear gloves when handling the fruit, even if the fruit is green. It can burn your skin especially if the pepper is cut open.
Dig holes for planting twice the width of the pot and about the same depth as the pot. If your plant came in a biodegradable pot, click here for biodegradable pot instructions. Use a small amount of fertilizer at time of planting if your soil does not already contain it. Once the first fruit set, begin fertilizing according to package instructions. High nitrogen fertilizer should not be used as it will promote leaf growth while hindering fruit growth. Always use scissors or a knife when harvesting fruit to avoid plant damage.
Note: It is important that you do not plant nightshades in the same location each year. Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant are all nightshades. Try not to plant sweet peppers and hot peppers near each other to prevent cross-pollination.
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