Jalapeno or Jalapeño is one of the best-known chilli peppers and used worldwide. It originates from Mexico and is named after the capital city of Veracruz – Xalapa.
The plant is easy to grow and will grow to approx. 120 cm high in a pot. If you choose to plant it in the ground, you will get a much bigger plant and a better harvest. The peppers are about 5 to 7 cm long.
They are sold green in majority of stores, however if you let them ripen to red they will be sweet and fruity. They are hotter and better tasting if they are picked ripe.
Flavour: Sweet and fruity when it’s ripe (red).
Heat level: Mild – 3/15
5 seeds per packet
CHILLI GERMINATION ADVICE
Spring is the best time to plant your seeds.
It is important to keep the seed medium moist during the germination period. Misting with a spray bottle is better to use rather than pouring water over them. Seed germination time can take between 3 to 5 weeks.
When the seedlings have at least two sets of leaves (or more) you can transplant them into larger pots or into the ground where you intend to fully grow them. If you have 3-4 seedlings in one pot, separate them gently before planting out. Keep them in the shade, out of full sun, for some days after they have been transplanted.
Don’t use fertiliser until your seedlings have grown considerably as it may burn and harm them. Chillies need fertiliser approx. once a month (in pots approx. once a fortnight). Rooster Booster, a slow releasing fertiliser, or Seasol are great, but you can also use a fertiliser labelled for fruits and vegetables. Be aware that too much fertiliser can burn plant roots.
Watering: Take care that your chillies do not dry out; give them a drink of water every day if the weather is very hot, particularly in very warm dry regions.