Jalapeno is part of the Capsicum Annuum species, but with the particularity of being genetically isolated. Today, you can see the animated pictures of Jalapeno on this page.
It is only distantly related to the other members of the same species (from which it must have detached many centuries ago, perhaps because of migrations or human efforts of selection).
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Jalapeno has conical and elongated fruits, whose length varies from 4 to 5 centimeters. Seedlings do not rise much from the ground and are rich in green leaves.
The fruit’s pulp is very firm and compact and rich in seeds, which can be transplanted to get new seedlings.
The color traditionally associated with hot pepper is red. However, Jalapeno is often green as well, which does not mean it is not ripe.
However, if it is left on the plant for a longer time, it will get its typical bright red color.
Generally, it can be understood if a fruit is ripe when it easily detaches from its branch without pulling too hard to get it out.
The little flowers from which the fruits are born are small and white. Jalapeño plants are usually of small size: they do not exceed 55 cm in height while enlarging.
Therefore they can be grown both in the vegetable garden and in large pots, taking care of protecting stems from the wind.
Its fruits are of medium size, with the shape of a wide horn: the length, at the moment of harvesting, can go from 4 to 10 cm for 2-4 cm of width.
The pulp is essentially distributed on edge, and it is soft but compact (in cooking, it does not tend to flake, and therefore it is ideal for containing fillings or for being grilled).
Fruits are ready when they are well-formed, of green color with blackish tendencies: they can be left still on the plant.
At full ripeness, it can assume different colors: most of the times red, but there is also yellow, orange, and purple, according to the cultivar; the spice becomes more and more evident, but there will also be a sweet note.
The content of capsaicin can be influenced by many factors: the specific variety, the level of ripeness, and the cultivation method.
Generally speaking, the hotness can go from 1,000 to 20,000 Scoville Units: therefore, it can be easily tolerated by anyone accustomed to spicy flavors.
Compared to other types of cultivation, growing Jalapeno is a pretty simple procedure that does not require high temperatures and easily adapts to climate.
To grow Jalapeno in a pot, choose a pretty wide container, with a diameter of 20-40 cm (8-12 inches) would be ideal and the same size in terms of depth.
The ideal potting soil for Jalapeno should be light, draining, and rich in nutrients. It is preferable not to fertilize the soil. The choice is up to you; know that nitrogen promotes plant growth but can reduce fruit production.
Sulfur, on the other hand, favors the growth of intensely flavored fruits. If you choose to fertilize the potting soil, do it before you move the plant.
Jalapeno can be cultivated in both sandy and loamy soil. In case it is too compact, mix it with clay to increase drainage.
When you see the first leaves, transplant the plant in a bigger pot or a vegetable garden’s soil. It can give more freedom to the sprouts and move the pot to a more enlightened place.
For repotting, choose well-watered soil and compress it well over the roots once you have repotted. Rotate the pot often, so the fruit and the plant do not grow crookedly in the direction of the sun.