The Jalapeno is named after the city of Xalapa, in Mexico where it was traditionally cultivated. In Mexico, it is also known by several different names like huachinangos, cuaresmenos and chiles gordos.
The Jalapeno Pepper, known for its excellent flavor, is the best known peppers used extensively in the catering industry. The Jalapeno Pepper is a good source of dietary fiber; one ripe pepper provides almost the daily gross requirement of vitamin C. It also contains other vitamins such as A, B1, B2 and D as well as potassium and folic acid. The antioxidants provided by the Jalapenos are helpful even in fighting cancer.
Spacing: 12″ – 18″
Height: 2″ – 3″
Optimum Soil Ph: 4.5 to 7
Days To Maturity: 60 green 83 red days
Sowing Method: Start Indoors
Start seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before your last frost date. Plant approx. 1/4″ deep in individual cells or 4″ pots. Be sure to keep them in a warm place so that the soil temperature stays above 75°. Provide plenty of light once seeds have germinated. Young heirloom pepper plants like it to stay warm and will develop well if kept happy.
Only transplanted after the seedlings have shown several sets of their true leaves and only once you are sure the outside soil temperature is consistently above 65°.