Who doesn’t know Jalapenos? Jalapeno is one of chili’s families with bigger size than the usual chili. Long time ago, it was hard to find Jalapeno on some countries since it was coming from Mexico. You may find Jalapeno in many Mexican dishes. Growing jalapenos in pots are not difficult and it is much better than planting it outside. You can plant it in every season without worry and you can harvest in short times to get the best ingredients.
Growing Jalapenos in Pots for Every Season
In growing Jalapenos in pots, you actually don’t need many things since it will grow similar like other chilies families. However, you can’t plant them in every season if you choose to grow them outside your house or at the garden. Because of the reason, many people choose to grow them inside so they can control its growth. You just need the small area with direct sunlight to support the growth of your Jalapeno. Since jalapeno is quite expensive, it is better for you to plant them in your house so you can save the money and get the fresh ingredients directly. If you want to grow them from the beginning, you need seed and right size of the pot or container. If you wish to plant them in large area, then you need bigger pot. You don’t have to spend your money to buy container and try to make your own pot. Use recycled jars or plastic bottles. Choose the right size based on your needs. But, it is recommended for you to have the big container or two plastic gallons in planting this jalapeno.
Like other chilies, for example green chilli, jalapeno is panted in warm weather and it can’t grow on winter season. The unique thing is Jalapeno loves sunlight. After watering it, you need to put that under the sunlight directly in longer times. It is better to put it for 12 until 16 hours so it will grow healthily. But you need to mature it also from eight to ten hours per day. You don’t have to worry if you forget to take it under the sunlight since it will not be dried and dead after all. Actually, Jalapeno is heavy feeders so you need to choose and select the best soil as the place for jalapeno to grow. However, you are not only choosing the best soil but also selecting the best fertilizer that can support its growth. There are many kinds of soil but not all of them are suitable for Jalapenos. The best soil is organic since it has lots of nutrients and good drainage. If the soil is organic, the fertilizer should be organic too and it must have NPK with consistency of 10-10-10. It will make sure that your plants will get proper nutrients after jalapenos have eaten all nutrients from the soil. If you are the beginner in planting jalapenos, don’t start with bigger pot.
You just need to prepare about 20 ounce colored of soda bottles and cut one bottle into two parts. Give the drainage hole in the bottom as the circulation. Fill in the pot with organic soil and water it thoroughly. Try to allow the excess water to get drained away. Per bottle, you just need to put about two or three seeds with the depth of ¼ inch. Also, you need to plant extra jalapenos as the precaution if other jalapenos are not growing well. If you want to keep inside, then you have to cover its seeds and put them in warmer place with 75 until 80 degrees fahrenheit. Try to make low light in that place so it will grow better and moist. High light usually makes Jalapenos dry. To make them moist, Jalapenos seeds have to be germinated for several day and the ideal is 14 until 21 days. You need to keep it warm and don’t let the temperatures lower than 60 until 65. For the room, you need the room that faces in the south. Overall, it needs much light and heat so jalapenos are growing better. Though you need to keep it moist, but don’t pour too much water.
If the soil is waterlogged, then jalapenos will not grow healthy. If you keep it inside, don’t pour too much water since closed room has enough humidity. But if you place it outside, you need to water it often and the seedlings area everyday because sunlight will dry the soil. However, if there is rainy season, you need to move in the pot from outside because rain will be absorbed in the soil and it makes jalapeno fade.
Actually, growing jalapenos in pots is quite easier since Jalapenos s included in chilies family so you don’t need to wait for long if you want to feel and taste your effort in planting them. If you use the right method, then it will take 90 to 120 days for Jalapenos to be harvested. You can harvest them in green or red based on your taste. If you want the red one, it takes 120 days until you can harvest them all. But the right time to pick jalapenos is when they are still green