About Organic Jalapeno Pepper: Named for their native Mexican city of Xalapa, Veracruz, jalapenos are the most well known chili pepper in both Mexico and the United States. When smoked and dried, jalapenos become chipotles; this practice dates back to the time of the Aztecs. The state of Texas, which produces more jalapeno peppers than any other state, made the jalapeno its state pepper in 1995.
Organic Jalapeno Pepper Germination: Start pepper seeds indoors in peat pots about 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Sow them 1/4" deep and keep the soil at 80-85 degrees F until germination; provide sunlight or a grow light for 12-16 hours a day. When the outdoor temperature reaches 60-65 degrees F during the day and no less than 50 degrees F at night, transplant the seedlings 12-16" apart. Exposing the plants to the weather for several hours a day before transplanting may help prevent shock. Peppers also grow well in containers or raised beds.
Growing Organic Jalapeno Pepper Seeds: Keep the soil evenly moist and weeds under control; mulching the plants may help with this. If excess heat and sun cause the plants to wilt, provide shade.
Harvesting Organic Jalapeno Pepper: Harvesting hot peppers is basically a matter of personal preference. Generally, the longer the peppers mature on the vine, the hotter they will taste. Mature peppers, however, signal the plant to stop producing; if the peppers are picked when still at the green stage, the plant will go on producing. Always use a knife or scissors to remove peppers to prevent damage to the fragile stems. Jalapeno peppers produce an extended harvest.
Saving Organic Jalapeno Pepper Seeds: Keep in mind that peppers will cross pollinate with other varietes of pepper, so isolation or caging may be necessary to preserve genetic purity. Allow the pepper to fully mature, than cut it open and remove the seeds. Spread out the seeds to dry for about two weeks. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to two years.
Detailed Organic Jalapeno Pepper Info: Capsicum annuum. Annual. 75 days. 4,150 seeds per oz. 24-48" height. 12-18" spacing. Produces 3-4" tapered hot peppers that mature from dark green to red. SHU 2,000-5,000