Containers: If you choose to grow jalapeรฑos from seed, you’ll need a few different sizes of containers.
For the most part, these can consist of recycled plastic bottles and jars, so there’s no need to purchase a multitude of potting containers.

However, both seedling-grown and store-bought jalapeรฑo plants will need a final container size of at least 2 gallons.

Sunlight: Like most chili plants, jalapeรฑos need ample amounts of direct sunlight to thrive. Make sure that you can provide young seedlings with 12โ€“16 hours of direct sunlight and maturing plants with at least 8โ€“10 hours.

Soil and Fertiliser: Jalapeรฑos are heavy feeders. To get off to the right start, you’ll want to select a premium potting soil and an all-purpose fertiliser. The ideal potting soil will be organic, high in initial nutrition, and have good drainage qualities.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ขs๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐๐๐Š ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ-๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ-๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ.

Step 1: Start From Seed

Jalapeรฑo plants germinate and grow slowly. For this reason, it is recommended to start seedlings indoors ๐Ÿ–-๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ฌ before your average last frost.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐†๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐๐ฌ

Depending on how many plants you wish to grow, locate and prepare the correct number of corresponding containers. When starting seeds, these containers can be as simple as 20-ounce coloured soda bottles cut in half with a drainage hole drilled into the bottom

Fill the containers with your potting soil and water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain away.
๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ญ๐š ๐๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ’ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ก Although you won’t be growing all the seeds, planting extra is a good a precaution in case a few don’t germinate.
Cover the seeds with soil and place in a warm location (75โ€“80ยฐF) with relatively low light.
Keep the soil evenly moist, and ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ

Step 2: Care for and Transplant Your Seedlings

Great! Now that you’ve had a few seeds sprout, it’s time to care for the seedlings. You’ll be caring for the seedlings indoors until you can move them outside after all threats of frost have passed.

How to Keep Young Seedlings Healthy?
Once the seedlings have sprouted, move them to a warm and well-lit area. It is imperative that the seedlings are not exposed to temperatures lower than 65ยฐF.

The seedlings will also need a great deal of light (optimally ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ ). South-facing windowsills are a great option if available, but if not, artificial grow lighting will also supply the right amount of heat and light.
Keep the soil moist, but be careful not to over water.

Jalapeรฑos enjoy a thoroughly moist soil but can develop root rot if the soil becomes waterlogged.
It’s good to note that indoor plants do not need to be watered as much to maintain moisture levels. By watering your seedlings ๐Ž๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐š ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค, you should be just fine!

When to Transplant Your Seedlings
In addition to providing warmth, water, and light, transplanting is another key factor for seedling growth and vigour. As the seedlings grow bigger, they’re going to need more root space, so a schedule of transplanting should be followed. Here’s how I conduct my transplanting:(( ๐€๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐›๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐š๐›๐š๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ)

  • Day 14: Transplant from seedling cup to 3-inch diameter flower pot.
  • Day 35: Transplant from 3-inch to 5-inch diameter flower pot.
  • Day 60: Transplant from 5-inch to the final 11-inch flower pot (2-gallon).

Step 3: Care for Your Young Plants

At this point, I’m going to assume that all went well with the seedling stage or that you just went ahead and bought a young plant. Either way, it’s time to grow your plants outdoors! Before moving them, however, you must harden them off (i.e., prepare them for their time outdoors). During their outdoor stay, you’ll need to provide your plants with ample sunlight, water, and fertiliser.

Hardening Off
If your plants were started indoors, you will have to harden them off before moving them to the outdoors. Hardening off refers to the process of gradually exposing a plant to outdoor conditions before moving it outdoors full-time. This is critical to plant health.

Sunlight
Situate your plants somewhere that gets a good amount of sunlight. Remember, maturing plants need at least 8โ€“10 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Watering
As with the seedlings, maturing plants also prefer a soil that is kept thoroughly moist. Watering every other day should satisfy their moisture needs. Be careful not to over water, as this will lead to root rot.

Fertilising
If you choose a high-quality potting soil to grow your plants in, they shouldn’t need fertiliser until around a month after the date when they were planted in their outdoor containers. Fertilise them with half the recommended dose every third watering. It’s much easier on the plants if you feed them a diluted solution more often rather than a concentrated dose once or twice over their lifetimes. Continue fertilising up until two weeks before you plan to harvest your first pepper

Step 4: Harvest Your Peppers

Finally, you’ve arrived at the best part! it’s time to get paid off for all your hard work. From seed to usable peppers, the process has taken some 90โ€“120 days. It’s been quite a while, but it’s about to be worth the wait.

Jalapeรฑos can be eaten green or red. Of course, it will take the peppers extra time to ripen to a red colour (usually closer the 120-day end of the spectrum). It’s really up to you when you want to harvest your peppers. A trick to increase your plants’ productivity is to pick the peppers during their green stage. This will force more blossoms, meaning more peppers for you. Enjoy the fruits of your lobar!

I hope this post helped you with growing jalapenos in pots this year. Let me know how your jalapenos are progressing! If you have questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments below