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Growing jalapeños in pots is actually pretty easy. I wanted to make that clear from the very start.
Jalapeño peppers are a versatile vegetable that can be grown both in the ground and in pots.
They are one of the most commonly used vegetables in the United States. Jalapeño peppers can be eaten fresh, diced and added to salsa or guacamole, or they can be used to make jalapeño poppers.
The reason why they are such a popular crop to grow in pots is because they are easy to care for and generally produce plenty of peppers.
They can be propagated by stem cutting or by taking off the bottom of the pepper and planting the seeds in soil.
Growing your own jalapeño peppers is a great way to control the ingredients and quality of the peppers you use. There are a few different ways to grow jalapeños in pots.
How To Get Started Growing Jalapeños In Pots
We’ve established that jalapenos are a great addition to any garden and they can be grown in pots.
When growing jalapenos in pots, it is important to use soil that will drain well. A potting mix that is specifically made for vegetables is a good choice.
Jalapenos need at least six hours of sunlight per day so make sure to place the pots in a location where they will receive ample sunlight.
Water the plants regularly making sure not to overwater them. If you live in a colder climate, you may need to bring the pots inside during the winter.
Many times, growing vegetables in pots is the only option for people in colder climates and they improvise by using grow lights to encourage growth.
Using grow lights for growing jalapeños in pots makes good sense. Even if you live in a warmer climate but don’t have access to a regular sunny spot for the pots then consider supplementing sunshine with the use of grow lights.
How To Pot Your Jalapeño Plant
When potting a jalapeño pepper plant, it is important to use a container that is large enough to accommodate the plant’s mature size.
A twenty inch pot is typically the minimum size needed for a pepper plant. The pot should have drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape.
Another measurement term is gallons and for jalapeno plants, I suggest pots between four to six gallons.
One of the problems with cramping a jalapeño plant in a tight pot is that it could lead to reduced productivity.
The last thing you want to do is restrict what your plant can produce. You want lots of peppers right? Give your jalapeño plant the space it needs to produce an over abundance of peppers.
Meanwhile, it is also important to use a lightweight soil when potting a pepper plant. Pepper plants grow best in soil that drains well and contains plenty of organic matter.
A commercial potting mix or soil amended with compost or manure will work well for pepper plants.
Don’t forget to add fertilizer to your soil. How much depends on the size of the pot you are using. Instructions for the amount of fertilizer to use will be on the instructions of the bag.
When adding your jalapeño pepper seedling to the pot always add initial soil first then the plant before adding remaining soil and fertilizer.
Before placing the plant in the pot, just loosen up the roots which will be compacted after having been restricted in a tight pot for some time.
When potting a jalapeño pepper, be sure to place the plant in an area that receives full sun. Jalapeño peppers require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day to produce fruit.
Consider using grow lights.
What Maintenance Does A Jalapeño Plant Need In A Pot
A Jalapeño plant needs a moderate amount of maintenance. In a pot, they need to be watered regularly and fertilized every other week.
During the winter, they should only be watered every month and not fertilized at all. Jalapeños like full sun, so make sure to place them in an area where they will get at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
If the leaves start to turn yellow, it means that the plant is not getting enough water or fertilizer.
Jalapeno seeds are notorious for being slow to germinate. Therefore, it’s perhaps a better idea to start growing jalapenos by propagating from cuttings.
Cuttings should be taken from the stems at least an inch long and placed in soil that has been moistened with water.
Then, they should be placed in a warm area so that the cuttings will start to grow.
When the cuttings have grown, they can be transferred to a pot and placed in a window.
And once again, “without sounding like a “broken record”, in order for the jalapenos to grow, they will need at least six hours of sunlight a day.
Once the jalapenos have reached a certain size, they can be harvested. In order to retain heat, Jalapenos should be harvested when they are at least two to three inches in diameter.
My parents used to handle the jalapeños and would gently press inwards with the tip of the thumb and a finger. If the skin didn’t bounce back they would leave it.
They generally liked to see firmness in the jalapeño before picking it.
A green color that is pretty deep or when starting to turn red are signs the jalapeño can be picked.
Conclusion: Growing Jalapeños In Pots
In conclusion and once again, jalapenos can be successfully grown in pots.
This method of gardening is a great way to add some spice to your life. Remember, growing jalapeños in pots is easy but remember to choose a pot that is large enough to accommodate the plant’s growth.
Jalapeño plants don’t like to be cramped and if they are, their production rate will taper off quickly.
It almost sounds as if the jalapeño plant has a mind of its own and is telling you that “if you put me in a tight space, you can kiss goodbye to a lot of peppers!”
Well, maybe not but it’s interesting isn’t it.
Also, make sure to provide the jalapeno with plenty of sunshine and water.
By following these simple tips, you can enjoy homegrown jalapenos all year long.