Jalapeño Peppers

The Jalapeño runs a close second to the tomato as the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens.  It’s origins are in Mexico and is named after the city of Xalapa (Jalapa).  Jalapeños are oblong and tapered and mostly used when dark green.  If left to ripen on the plant and not on the shelf, the pepper is more nutritious.  Being sensitive to the cold, planting should be delayed until the danger of frost is past in the spring.  Ideal temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees F during the day, and 60 to 70 degrees F at night.  Usually, the plants set satisfactory crops when temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F and the soil is well-supplied with moisture.  Avoid a soggy, water-logged soil condition when growing peppers.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.

Height: Grows 24″ to 36″ tall.

Outstanding Features: Jalapeños have the perfect combination of heat and flavor!

Tips: Jalapeños can cause skin irritation so be careful when handling and what ever you do, do not rub your eyes or nose!  Water plants thoroughly after transplanting. Avoid planting under conditions that will stunt the plants and lead to poor production, such as cold weather, lack of sufficient soil moisture, or lack of sufficient fertilizer.  Water deeply but not too often.

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