We’ve already established peppers as a staple for your home garden and even though they have enough flavors to add to your dishes, there’s still room for improvement. For a real garden treasure, you can try growing some jalapeno peppers.
These are delicious and adding just a bit of these will give your home cooking a burst of rich flavor that’ll have everyone asking for seconds. Aside from the basics, you’ll need seed trays, differently sized pots, and compost.
The seeds you’ll use can be bought from a farmer’s shop, or you can remove them from jalapeno peppers themselves. If you must remove jalapeno pepper seeds yourself, make sure you do it from a local variety that can thrive in your area.
Take the jalapeno seeds and plant them in a small pot or seed tray so that they can germinate. Don’t plant them too deep under the soil and water them enough to keep it slightly moist. At this stage, it’s best to keep your tray or pots in a dark area because excessive sunlight can cause trouble.
Transfer The Seedlings
Once the seeds have germinated and have grown out their small pots or tray, you can move them to a bigger pot that’s more suited to their size. Gently pick the seedling along with a little soil that surrounds the roots and then carefully plant it in a pot, making sure that it fits well. You’ll have to continue moving your plant to a bigger pot until it has almost become an adult-sized.
Transfer Your Plant
After your plant has reached a sub-standard size, it’s time to move it to your garden. Dig around the plant area carefully to avoid striking the roots and then plant it in your garden. Remember to keep a distance of at least 12 inches between each jalapeno pepper plant so that their roots don’t get tangled and hinder growth.
Water Them Well and Give Sunlight
Just like with all your other crops, you should be watering your jalapeno peppers well, at least once every day. If it’s too hard to keep up with daily watering, you can choose to do it every other day. As for sunshine, you don’t need to do much since they’re already in the garden, but just so you know; they need six hours of sunlight every day.
Add Compost and Weed The Soil
You’ll need to keep the soil weed-free and add a little organic matter to it as well if you intend to get ripe and spicy jalapenos for your harvest. Compost from mulch provides the root systems and soil with essential nutrients and gives the soil good texture as well.
In about four months after the initial planting, your jalapeno peppers will be ready for harvest but it still depends on how hot you prefer them. If you’re looking for a real punch, pick them when they’re bright green as they’re very hot at this stage. However, if you prefer something a little mild and maybe even somewhat sweet, wait a little longer till they’ve gone red to pick them off.
Let’s just say that growing jalapeño peppers isn’t all that hard and now you won’t have to run to the store to get a pack when they’re growing in your garden. Happy Farming!