Jul 5, 2012

Project Jalapeño. The End.

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It was a fun ride! Easier than I expected it to be. You do have to invest quite some time into developing a watering schedule, looking out for them, but mainly they grow themselves.

My babies. All grown-up.

They are so much hotter than I anticipated. So much spicier than what you can buy here. After I picked the first jalapeño, I thoughtlessly popped a slice into my mouth and chewed, seeds and all. Holy smokes, it was so spicy my mouth went numb for a good 15 minutes.

The Jalapeño plants outside are also producing one Jalapeño after another now. Leaves are beautiful and strong.

My chili plants have gone through the roof as well. This plant already carries roughly 20 chili peppers with more on the way.

All in all, this plant-growing thing is definitely doable and something I will repeat for sure next year. If I can do it… anyone can.


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      I am a pepper grower as well.  I grow Mammoth Jalepenos, Gypsy and Giant Marcino, a wonderful Italian pepper.  Oh, I have green Bell peppers as well.  And when you have peppers you need tomatoes, so I’ve got eight tomato plants. I should have planted some onions, then I would have had a Salsa garden. :)

      Dianne on Jul 5, 2012 @ 2:25 pm Reply
      1. Oh, I really like the idea of a Salsa Garden! These were m first steps into growing my own peppers. It worked so well that I did start up a huge batch of garlic chives, basil and lemon basil… it smells fantastic in the back yard now. Want to take it a few steps further next year and grow some real special peppers and other things as well!

        Kay on Jul 5, 2012 @ 2:28 pm Reply
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      Well done, Kay! I really enjoyed following the journey of your pepper posts!! 

      Sharon @ Feats of Feasts on Jul 5, 2012 @ 2:26 pm Reply
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      Just wondered if you had tried grilling some stuffed jalapenos yet. I haven’t tried it, but a friend just had some and was in heaven!

      Bridget on Jul 5, 2012 @ 2:56 pm Reply
      1. You mean Jalapeño poppers? Haven’t tried it with these yet, also afraid they might be way too hot for that :)

        Kay on Jul 5, 2012 @ 2:58 pm Reply
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      eet smakelijk

      les on Jul 5, 2012 @ 8:47 pm Reply
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      Since they were so easy for you to grow,why are they so hard to get there?Must be that you just have a undiscovered(til now)green thumb.

      Jack on Jul 5, 2012 @ 10:26 pm Reply
      1. Hard is an understatement… they’re close to impossible to buy. I have absolutely no idea why they are so hard to get here, they don’t seem any harder to grow than Anaheim’s or Madame Jeanette. Beats me, really.

        Kay on Jul 6, 2012 @ 7:50 am Reply
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      Cooking the poppers tames a lot of the heat.  I am a Texas girl but I say go for it!  Poppers on the grill are one of our favorite things.  Getting one that is super hot is like the bonus pepper at our house.  If you eat the tip first you can judge the heat as you go up and make arrangements as you go. 
      We are having poppers tomorrow and I am so stoked.  I can hardly wait!

      Brenda on Jul 6, 2012 @ 7:35 am Reply
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      Congratulations ! Enjoyed your jalapeno updates…

      Arch on Jul 6, 2012 @ 7:34 pm Reply
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      They look fab! We probably started growing our chilies too late as they’re still pretty much in their baby state but we will keep at it!

      Simone on Jul 11, 2012 @ 10:01 pm Reply
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      I enjoyed reading your pepper growing experience.  I lived in Arizona 17 yrs so when I came here in 1999 ingredients for Mexican food was very difficult.  I started growing New Mexico chiles of various kinds, Mexico chiles and jalapenos.   I normally have around 70-60 plants and I always thinking I will not have so many the following year but once I start it is difficult to stop.  Did you have trouble with aphids (that is the English name though) when you had your plants in the house?  I’ve had terrible trouble with that when I’ve moved plants in the house to finish turning red in the fall.  I also have trouble with that in my smaller greenhouse.  Anyway I love growing peppers and chiles as it has become one of my passions here.

      Pat Schmidt on Aug 28, 2013 @ 11:28 am Reply
      1. Must say that I didn’t really have any problems at all. At some point I felt it was going way too smooth :)

        This year I have about 20 lemon drop pepper plants in my back yard, roughly 10 cherry bomb peppers, and a small handful jalapeño plants. It really is a very, very addictive hobby, that’s for sure.

        Kay on Aug 28, 2013 @ 11:42 am Reply
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      we grow jalapenos every year, they make great jelly. Jalapeno jelly is a sweet heat treat. Reds are actually when the jalapnenos are ripe. to many people think green is the only colour. If you guys want a great pepper to try, try growing datil peppers. they are the same family as habanero. pepperjoe.com is one of many places you can find seeds.

      Brian on Sep 22, 2013 @ 12:19 am Reply

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