If you would like to save some money and grow your own jalapeno peppers, you may be surprised at how easy they are to grow and care for. Below are some tips so you can have a garden full of healthy peppers that you can use in your recipes.
Even though jalapeno peppers are easy to grow, you can pamper them a little to help them grow even better. One way to do this is to make sure they are planted in a sandy loam soil that has a lot of organic matter. One type of organic matter that works very well is compost. This type of soil drains very well, which is what the peppers need. Compost makes the soil much easier to work with and it also provides your peppers with nutrients that they need to grow well for you.
Plant your pepper plants after your last frost. To be safe, wait two to three weeks after this before you plant them. You never know when a frost will sneak in. The peppers grow best when they are planted in full sun.
Gently remove the plant from the container. If the roots are stuck together, gently spread them apart a little to loosen them up. Dig a hole that is a little larger than the container. Set the plant in the hole, and fill the hole with soil firmly using your hands. Water the plant thoroughly to help the roots get established.
If you have jalapeno pepper seeds, you will need to start them out in a seed tray before you move them to your vegetable garden.
Your jalapeno plants need a moderate supply of water from the moment you plant them. They do not like their soil to be saturated with water, however. If you followed the soil tips above, you will not have to worry about this. Put mulch around the plants to help hold in moisture and keep the moisture from evaporating from the soil during the dry, hot summer months.
Stalking Your Plants
Once your jalapeno peppers start growing, they will need to have some support. This is because each plant will produce many peppers so they will easily fall over. One easy way to support them is to tie them to a stake. You can use old nylons to tie them. Do not use twine or twist-ties, as they will gradually cut through the stems.
Pepper plants are beautiful so you can also use them as ornamentals. If you run out of room in your vegetable garden, plant a few of them into one of your flowerbeds.
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