History: Named for the city of Xalapa-Enríquez.
Country of Origin: Mexico

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit

Common names
  • Hot Pepper
  • Jalapeno Pepper
Also sold as:
  • Jalapeño
  • Xalapeño

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  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 10:07 PM concerning plant:
    This is the pepper that most people in North America use as the baseline by which to measure other hot peppers. It is commonly available, with both seeds and plants available at most nurseries. This is a good "gateway pepper" for those wanting to venture into growing and eating hot peppers, as it is hot enough to provide some real bite, without the agonizing burn of the hot peppers with MUCH higher scores on the Scoville scale, which measures the "heat" of peppers. This pepper can be eaten raw, if you are tolerant of heat, or as an ingredient in many dishes.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Apr 17, 2020 5:56 PM concerning plant:
    I have good results with Jalapenos and without a lot of special effort. Whereas bell peppers here tend to be thin walled (I garden organically, don't fertilize regularly, and I may neglect watering at times), jalapenos turn out lots of really nice fruit. Small brown cracks develop as the fruit ages, while still green; they can still be used.
Plant Events from our members
TheGuzz On January 18, 2016 Seeds sown
Pegleg84 On March 31, 2016 Plant emerged
sprouts are popping up!
lovesblooms On March 3, 2020 Seeds sown
indoors, heat, lights
lovesblooms On February 16, 2020 Seeds sown
indoors; heat/lights
lovesblooms On February 25, 2018 Seeds sown
thepurplebug On June 19, 2019 Transplanted
thepurplebug On June 19, 2019 Obtained plant
Purchased 2 plants from Walmart for $2.47 each.
gladyscallagy On February 1, 2021 Seeds germinated
gladyscallagy On January 21, 2021 Seeds sown
aspenhill On June 7, 2021 Obtained plant
Black Creek Greenhouse - qty 2 4-packs
Johannian On March 10, 2022 Plant emerged
Johannian On February 17, 2022 Seeds germinated
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