I can’t get enough Jalapenos. But every year I typically grow more than I can use up. This year I planted 5 jalapeno plants. And let me tell you I cannot wait for them to start producing!
I use my Jalapenos in a number of ways
- Canning Pickled Jalapenos
- I freeze them for stews & Chili Beans
- Pepper Jam- sounds weird but it’s a big hit!
- Bacon wrapped jalapeno appetizers
And anything else that needs a little heat! Each plant typically produces a large amount of peppers, so I will be set. They are pretty easy to grow to, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
- They are not fast growers so start seeds indoors a month or more before your last frost date. Or do as I do and buy your plants already started at a local nursery.
- Peppers love sunlight so make sure they are getting a good amount of sun daily. Most articles I have read recommend 6 to 8 hours.
- Peppers like many other vegetable plants love soil with good drainage. You don’t want soil that is allowing puddles of water to build up.
- The plant leaves should allow for proper shade for the peppers but sometimes the peppers will get “sun burned” the peppers will have white papery spots. If I see this happening I will usually just cut that pepper off.
- Make sure that as your plants produce peppers you are picking them. This encourages your plants to keep producing. My pepper plants typically produce well into fall.
Fun Fact: Jalapenos got their name from the city Jalapa in Mexico. This is supposedly where the Jalapeno originated. (According to eHow)