Growing Early Jalapeno Pepper Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
- Other Names: Jalapeno chili peppers, jalapenos
- Days to Maturity: 65 days
- Hardiness Zone: All USDA zones when grown as an annual garden vegetable
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 12-24” in rows; 14-16" in raised beds
- Row Spacing: 2-3’
- Growth Habit: 24” tall; 3” peppers with a tapered end
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained loamy soil; slightly acidic to neutral pH
- Temp Preference: 60-75 degrees F at night; below 90 degrees F during the day
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Aphids, whiteflies, cutworms, pepper maggots, Colorado potato beetles, tarnished plant bug, Verticillium wilt, mosaic virus, blossom end rot
- Color: Dark green to bright red peppers; white flowers; green foliage
- Flavor: Hot
Early Jalapeno Pepper Seed Growth Habits:
Early Jalapeno pepper plants grow very well in containers, raised beds, and gardens thanks to their upright, bushy growth habit. If they are well-maintained, Early Jalapeno pepper plants will grow to approximately 24" tall and produce 3" dark green to bright red peppers. It's one of the best jalapeno pepper seeds for an early harvest, with plants maturing in just 65 days.
Hot peppers are intolerant to frost, so, in most USDA hardiness zones, they should be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date. They should be hardened off prior to transplanting into the garden or large outdoor container. Depending on your climate, you may want to wait to transplant the Early Jalapeno chili pepper seeds into the garden until 2 weeks after your last frost date. Fruit set will be best when nighttime temperatures remain between 60 and 75 degrees F.
Various Uses for Early Jalapeno Peppers:
Jalapeno peppers can be eaten fresh, pickled, or cooked, and they are often used to give salsas a little bit of a spicy kick.
Early Jalapeno Pepper Health Benefits:
Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, red Early Jalapeno chilies can be eaten in moderation as part of a healthy diet.
Capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat, also has anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
Use caution when cutting Early Jalapeno peppers, as the capsaicin can cause a burning sensation on the skin. Always wash your hands thoroughly after cooking with Early Jalapeno peppers and avoid touching your face and eyes, which can be more sensitive to the effects of capsaicin.
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 g - Approximately 140 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 4,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 16,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 64,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 320,000 Seeds