Harvest Size for Peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Hamilton, NJ
Question by detailer50
July 14, 1998
How many inches should a typical jalapeno pepper and cayenne pepper be before I can pick them?

Answer from NGA
July 14, 1998


Average mature size for a jalapeno would be about 3 inches, a cayenne type would probably be in the 6 inch range or more depending on the variety. Average time to harvest for these types is about 70 to 75 days. (Your seed packets or labels should also tell you this information for your specific variety.) However, you can always pick a few for fresh use as soon as they are large enough to suit you -- try one and see! Enjoy your peppers!

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