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The jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper that has a warm, burning sensation when eaten. A mature jalapeño fruit is 2–3½ inches (5–9 cm) long and is commonly picked and consumed while still green, but occasionally it is allowed to fully ripen and turn crimson red.

It is a cultivar of the species Capsicum annuum originating in Mexico, which is a bush that grows 2–4 feet (60–120 cm) tall.

It is named after Xalapa, Veracruz, where it was traditionally cultivated. About 160 square kilometres (40,000 acres) are dedicated for the cultivation in Mexico, primarily in the Papaloapan river basin in the north of the state of Veracruz and in the Delicias, Chihuahua area. Jalapeños are cultivated on smaller scales in Jalisco, Nayarit, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Chiapas.

The jalapeño is variously named in Mexico as huachinango and chile gordo. Thecuaresmeño closely resembles the jalapeño. The seeds of a cuaresmeño have the heat of a jalapeño, but the flesh has a mild flavor close to a green bell pepper.

As of 1999, 5,500 acres (22 km2) in the United States were dedicated to the cultivation of jalapeños. Most jalapeños are produced in southern New Mexico and western Texas.

Grow jalapeno from seeds

Growing peppers is not difficult as long as you follow a few key things. Jalapeno pepper plants, like any chili pepper, start off a bit slow, so it is helpful to start to grow your plants indoors anywhere from 8-12 weeks before transferring them outside. Keep the early soil and budding plants constantly moist, but do not over water. Keep them warm (80 -85 degrees is best) and in a sunlit place. If this is your first time growing vegetables from seeds, learn more about growing jalapenos from seed.

Once there is no worry of frost, you can plant your pepper plants to your garden or chosen spot. Choose a location with full sunlight for growing peppers, as jalapenos LOVE the sun. Mix in some mushroom compost or other organic compost to make the soil fertile and moist.

Space the jalapeno pepper plants 14 - 16 inches apart with about 2 -3 feet between rows. The plants will eventually grow to nearly 3 feet high.

Water! Keep the soil constantly moist, but not soaking wet. Jalapeno peppers love water, but you don't want to inundate the plants, or you run the risk of rotting. Water every other day or every third day. Include a good plant food product for fertilizing. Keep your jalapeno garden well weeded. 

 

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