Growing peppers is not difficult as long as you follow a few key things. Jalapeno pepper plants, like any chili pepper, start off a bit slow, so it is helpful to start to grow your plants indoors anywhere from 8-12 weeks before transferring them outside. Keep the early soil and budding plants constantly moist, but do not over water. Keep them warm (80 -85 degrees is best) and in a sunlit place. If this is your first time growing vegetables from seeds, learn more about growing jalapenos from seed.
Once there is no worry of frost, you can plant your pepper plants to your garden or chosen spot. Choose a location with full sunlight for growing peppers, as jalapenos LOVE the sun. Mix in some mushroom compost or other organic compost to make the soil fertile and moist.
Space the jalapeno pepper plants 14 - 16 inches apart with about 2 -3 feet between rows. The plants will eventually grow to nearly 3 feet high.
Water! Keep the soil constantly moist, but not soaking wet. Jalapeno peppers love water, but you don't want to inundate the plants, or you run the risk of rotting. Water every other day or every third day. Include a good plant food product for fertilizing. Keep your jalapeno garden well weeded. If you are new to gardening, learn more about growing jalapenos in the ground.
In 3 - 4 month's time, you'll be ready to pick your jalapeno peppers. Ripe jalapenos are a 4 - 6 inches long, fat, firm, and develop a bright sheen. They will turn a bright green, then begin to darken to a deeper green, then to black, and then to red. Jalapenos are ready to be picked when they are firm and bright green, but you can leave them on the plant all the way until they turn red. If you are new to gardening, learn more about harvesting jalapeno peppers.
Growing jalapenos takes time and commitment. In the long run you will be very satisified with the results of your hard work - plenty of delicious jalapeno peppers for all of those jalapeno pepper recipes.
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