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Mikemonty92
Aug 5, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Hello this is my first time growing jalapeño peppers and from the research i did i found most people pick around 4-6 inches i have three growing and am wondering if i should pick them yet or let them grow. The fattest one is about 3 inches long by my thumb (i have a picture for scale) and would greatly appreciate any feedback thank you very much.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2017 6:38 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Mikemonty92 .

Do you know what variety of jalapeno you are growing? They can be quite variable as to size... I usually grow a variety called "Goliath," which get to a maximum length of around 4 inches, with a diameter of maybe 1-1/2 inches at the shoulder. Six inches would be one honkin' huge jalapeno! You can, of course, pick them now, or wait and see if they get larger... if they start turning red they most likely won't get any bigger.

One of the really good things about peppers is that, like onions, you can sort of pick them whenever you want to! Smiling
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DaisyI
Aug 7, 2017 6:50 PM CST
I always wait until my Jalapenos turn red. But that's just me - I don't like peppers that are green. Smiling
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Mizshelli
Aug 8, 2017 5:59 AM CST
I always told my kids not to pick anything shorter than their pinky finger. It worked until they hit 18 and got big, but I'm small so I still adhere to that rule and never pick anything smaller than my pinky!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 8, 2017 7:07 AM CST
I would have picked allready .since plant is so small. Encourage more growth and more peppers.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 8, 2017 7:47 AM CST
Mizshelli said:I always told my kids not to pick anything shorter than their pinky finger. It worked until they hit 18 and got big, but I'm small so I still adhere to that rule and never pick anything smaller than my pinky!


Some of the peppers I grow never get that large... they're only about an inch long.
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Name: Michelle
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Mizshelli
Aug 8, 2017 8:16 AM CST
Weedwhacker said: Oh I was talking about the jalapenos I grow. LOL! The cayenne I always wait until they turn red, but I like the bigger jalapenos for canning and stuffing. Smiling

Some of the peppers I grow never get that large... they're only about an inch long.


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Mikemonty92
Aug 14, 2017 9:51 AM CST
thank you to all that replied from what everyone is saying i guess i will pick one now and see how it tastes hopefully they are spicy, i heard people say sometimes they will grow but will not be hot.thank you all again i will let you know how they come out. Happy Growing everyone Thank You!

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