I love jalapeno’s. One Chilli Jalapeno plant produces many chillis if grown in a very warm spot or a hothouse. A few plants and you will be able to bottle heaps of jalapeno for a year long supply. Blunt fruit up to 8 cm long.
Will turn from green to red in about late Feb to March in a Tasmanian hothouse. Medium heat so don’t rub you eye after cutting up (I did!!).
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (early November in cool climate). Can start earlier if planting in a hot house.
Lay black plastic on ground and plant into an X cut-out if planting outside. They need consistent warmth in Tasmania.
Spacing – 50cm.
- Capsicum fruits have been a part of human diets since about 7,500 BC, and are one of the oldest cultivated crops in the Americas, as origins of cultivating chili peppers are traced to east-central Mexico some 6,000 years ago.
- They were one of the first self-pollinating crops cultivated in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 30 C (around 10 to 20 days to germination, longer at lower temps)