What is the secret to growing jalapeños?

by Carol
I have tried repeatedly but can't get them to sprout.
  6 answers
  • Mir Graham Mir Graham on Jun 13, 2017
    I'd don't know if the answer is more patience than anything. Jalapenos take months to sprout, and since you are in TN, the heat and humidity come into effect. Let the soil get dry before watering; and when the plant is newly grounded either in a planter or garden bed, make sure to use the correct gardening soil. It can take up to 3-4 months before you see them sprout out of the tops. Hope this helps!

  • Bink Bink on Jun 14, 2017
    I am in IN and when I planted jalepen, I had to throw away about 2/3 of them I had so many! And my soiil was dry and clumpy!

  • Lisa Sinclair Lisa Sinclair on Jun 14, 2017
    We start our seeds inside in a soil-less mix, in early spring. Then just transfer them to our garden after danger of frost. Making sure that they are well watered.

    • If you are growing again this year, instead of throwing away, dry them for future use. Take an old cookie sheet, line with cheesecloth, place peppers so they are not touching each other then cover with another layer of cheesecloth. Place in a cool, dry area and wait. Turn them every few days. If living in a humid climate it will take longer than a hot dry climate. I dry all my excess herbs and spice peppers then box up in spice tins and give away as gifts.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 14, 2017
    It takes time for peppers to appear. If you plant seeds all the time, maybe try a couple of purchased plants to see if that makes a difference. If you use a water soluble fertilizer water with it only on the soil, if you get it mostly on the plant leaves you will get a beautiful plant but very few fruits. It needs the food at soil level only to produce fruit.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jun 14, 2017
    Most peppers take longer than regular veggies to sprout. This year I had success by making sure the (warm) ground wasn't packed down. I used a good bit of perlite to do that. Really tilled the soil well, too.

  • Here in CA I can grow jalapenos like weeds. They need sun, well drained soil, but do need water. Being in TN with humidity - start with a purchased plant rather than seed, plant in ground in the sun and give it another try.