How To Grow A Jalapeno Plant
If you love jalapeno peppers you can have more than you need with a jalapeno plant. Jalapenos are used in many Mexican type dishes. They have a distinctive flavor that enhances food and gives dishes a slight hotness. If you exclude these peppers from a recipe, you can really tell something is missing. Even though the jalapeno plant is hot, you can regulate how much heat goes into each dish.
By removing the seeds and veins, the jalapeno peppers can lose some of their heat. Most of the heat stays in the seeds and when they are removed they are safe to add to any dish, without bothering even the pickiest of eaters.
The jalapeno plant originated in Mexico and grows well in hot, arid areas. They are mainly produced in Mexico and Texas but these pepper plants can be grown anywhere. As long as you have a few hot months in the summer you can have a jalapeno plant.
You must start your seedlings early on in the spring and keep them indoors until it is warm enough to replant them. You can use small yogurt containers or separate small pots to plant your seeds. Just make sure the soil is moist and add one or two seeds to every container. Do not plant the seed deep in the soil. Dust the seed with a bit of soil until it is covered. You can keep the starter jalapeno plant in a window that receives a lot of sunlight.
Before you plant the peppers make sure that there will be no more frosts or cold nights. You can get the starter plants used to being outside by placing them on a sunny porch for six hours a day. Keep them inside at night so that they can slowly get used to being outdoors. After four to five days you can plant them in your garden.
There is no need to fertilize the soil for the jalapeno plant. They can grow almost anywhere and under any conditions. Any plant can benefit from adding compost or manure to the soil but these plants are hearty as long as they are kept in the sun and are properly watered.
Place the plants in rows and give them room to grow. The individual plants should be spaced at least fifteen to twenty inches apart. Pepper plants can easily pick of traits of other types of peppers if they are placed to close together. But when you are looking for a distinct flavor the mix may not be a good one. So make sure to keep all your pepper plants separate.
The jalapeno plant loves intense heat and sunshine. Place them in an area that receives full sun light throughout the day. The heat helps them to grow and flourish and if they are left in shade, you may not get any jalapenos at harvest time.
Jalapenos take a long time to grow. Do not be concerned if the pepper seems to be taking a lot of time to grow or produce jalapenos. If you want faster results, you can start these plants long before the start of summer. It is better to have mature plants to plant in your garden instead of newer, small plants. These mature plants are more likely to produce more peppers. As soon as you see little white flowers on the stems of these plants, jalapeno peppers are not far behind.
Jalapeno peppers are a good way to spruce up any Mexican dishes. They make nachos go from drab to delicious and can give a plain salad an extra zip. If you love these types of peppers you can have as many as you want if you grow them yourself.