Half hardy Annual
Description – Widely known as the pizza pepper, this jalapeño is the most widely used and popular selection. Dark green, turning bright red fruits are 8-10cm (3-5in) long, thick-walled and slightly tapered with blunt ends. For use in a variety of dishes – not just sliced on your favourite pizza!
Sowing – Sow seed on the surface of a good, free-draining damp seed compost and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag and keep at 25C (77F) until after germination which takes up to 14 days. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Reduce temperature and maintain at 15C (59F).
Growing – For Indoor Crops: Plant 2 plants per growbag or individually into 20cm (8in) pots or 2 litre pot. For optimum results grow under glass. For Outdoor Crops: Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting one plant per 20cm (8in) or 2 litre pot, or a larger container on the patio. Plant in final position from early June when there is no further risk of frost and protect from biting winds. Feed plants weekly with a high potash tomato fertiliser once first fruits have set.
Harvest – July to October