Hot enough to make your nose run but not so searing as to overpower food, Jalapeno peppers bring out the flavor of salsa and meat dishes. Enjoyed raw, pickled, canned and cooked, these versatile, 2-inch-long peppers are easy to grow and prolific. Fruits turn red when fully ripe.
Start seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before planting outdoors. Harden off seedlings by putting them outside during the day for 1 week before transplanting. Transplant seedlings to the garden when nighttime temperatures remain above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Enrich the soil with compost. Use plastic mulch to retain heat in the soil.
Early cold nights cause blossom drop resulting in large, bushy plants without peppers. Water regularly and never let plants wilt. To avoid spreading diseases, don't work in the garden when leaves are wet. Peppers are green until fully ripe. Harvest by cutting -not pulling- peppers once they've reached the desired size and color.
- Availability for seeds is limited after August 1st
- Seeds carry a listed package expiration date of 12/31