Growing Jalapeno Peppers in a Pot
Capsicum annuum, commonly known as jalapeno peppers, is a spicy and flavorful pepper that can be grown indoors or outdoors. Growing jalapenos in a pot is a great way to have access to fresh peppers year-round without taking up a lot of space. Here are some tips on how to successfully grow jalapenos in a pot and enjoy a fresh supply of spicy peppers all year long.
Choosing a Pot
- Pick a pot that is at least 12 inches deep and at least 12 inches in diameter, as these are deeper than pots used to grow other vegetables.
- Choose a pot with good drainage holes at the bottom for excess water.
- Use potting soil specifically designed for peppers or peppers and tomatoes.
Planting the Jalapenos
- To plant, add soil to the pot and make a hole in the center that is large enough to fit the jalapeno seedling.
- Carefully place the jalapeno seedling into the hole and press the soil around the root ball.
- Gently water the soil until it is moist, but not soggy.
Caring for the Jalapeno Plant
- Once planted, the jalapeno plant will need to be watered regularly.
- It is important to make sure the soil is kept moist, but not saturated. Watering once a week is usually enough.
- Keep the pot in a warm, sunny spot with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.
- Fertilize the jalapeno plant about once a month with a slow release fertilizer.
Harvesting the Jalapenos
Jalapeno peppers usually take between 65-90 days to mature, depending on the variety. To harvest, simply twist the pepper off of the plant. The peppers will turn red or orange when they are ready to be harvested and can be eaten immediately or frozen for later use.
With proper care, a jalapeno plant can thrive indoors or outdoors, and provide a fresh supply of delicious peppers for months. Try growing jalapenos in a pot to enjoy the flavor of these peppers year-round.