Chillies are extremely popular due to their culinary versatility and health benefits. One of the most widely used chillies is the Jalapeno. You’ll often see Jalapeno’s show up in Mexican dishes but they’re also widely used to add spice to other types of dishes and even as a topping on pizzas.
If you’re looking to grow your own chilli seeds, we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to sowing your Jalapeno seeds:
Step 1. The right tray and compost
Fill seed tray with a mix of seed compost & 1/3 vermiculite as this aids drainage. Sow seeds evenly on surface and then lightly cover with sieved compost/vermiculite mix 3-5mm deep. Place seed tray in a shallow water bath & allow water to soak up. Drain before placing in a heated propagator or heated greenhouse to the temperature advised on the packet.
Step 2 - Watering your Chilli Seeds
Careful watering is required as too much will cause the seeds to rot off before germination can begin and too little will mean they will not germinate. Germination can take anything from 10 days to 5 weeks for the Superhots and even the same variety in the same tray can be 2 or more weeks apart. So if some are not as eager as others don’t despair just keep carefully watering and keep in the heated propagator and wait for the more stubborn ones to put in an appearance.
Step 3 - Letting your seeds grow
When the seedlings have grown their ‘true leaves’ (these are the second set of leaves to appear) they can be carefully pricked out and transplanted into 9cm individual pots. We like to use a dibber to carefully support the seedling underneath and gently hold it by a leaf.
Step 4 - Planting your Chilli Seeds
We plant them deeper than they were in the seed tray as this helps to promote roots to grow further up the stem and give a sturdier plant.
Step 5 - Give your Chilli plant some heat
Carefully water and place back in heat and grow on until the plant reaches 8-15cm and re-pot.
6. The end result - A perfect Jalapeno!
Our Jalapeno harvest freshly picked ready to be pickled and added to our Mexican dishes!
If you want your own fresh Jalapeno Chillies, you can purchase our carefully selected seeds and start sowing today: