How do you care for a jalapeno plant?

May, 2022
Darren Spalding

Plants grow slowly and grow best in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade and even appreciate it in spring in hot climates. Peppers, including jalapenos, do best in loamy, well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. Pepper plants can be transplanted outside after frost, usually after April. This will boost the initial growth of the plant.

A 3-gallon container is ideal, though they can survive in something smaller but will likely have lower production.

How long does it take to grow jalapenos?

Miners chew distinctive zigzag patterns into your leaves and can severely damage foliage over time. As the seedlings grow larger, they need more root space. Therefore, a transplanting plan should be adhered to. This question usually depends on the ripening date of your pepper variety and how long you have a growing season. The leaves are smooth and dark green in color, with some varieties such as the purple jalapeno showing a purple tinge on both the leaves and stems.

Your jalapeno pepper plants will likely need to move to larger containers a few times during their growing process indoors.

Do jalapeno plants come back every year?

Jalapeño plants are perennial in hot climates. However, most gardeners grow them as an annual, replacing them with new plants every year. If you're worried about your pepper plants growing back, especially after a harsh winter, this blog post will tell you how to achieve this and how to protect your plants from harsh conditions overall. If you're also planting tomatoes in your garden, consider planting peppers two weeks after you plant your tomatoes. In another forum, a member posted pictures of a Tepin-type pepper that was over 9 years old and absolutely massive.

How tall do jalapeno plants get?

We use these planters from Amazon - they're affordable and come in a wide range of colors and sizes. Jalapeños definitely don't grow berries on the plant. It sounds like you might have something else. You might also want to try cutting off some of the peppers and branches so your plant can release its energy to the remaining peppers. Two years ago I planted jalapeno in late (mid-June), they stayed just a foot tall and produced some peppers.

Note that the leaves and fruits of jalapeño plants contain capsaicin, a compound that creates a burning sensation and can be toxic to both humans and pets.


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