Approximately 165seeds per gram. Capsicum annuum Lot# PH31323 The Jalapeno Tam Peppers grow on a sturdy compact plant that grows upright on a solid bush type habit and reaches about 40-61 cm (16-24") in height with a spread that reaches 40-45 cm (16-18”) wide. We provide additional support for most of our pepper plants, especially if they are prolific producers. Jalapeno Tam are a very productive plant with each plant yielding about 40 or more peppers. Peppers are a deep glossy emerald green that turn bright red when mature. The conical shaped fruit average 7.5-10 cm (3-4”) long and 2.5-3.8 cm (1-1½”) wide at the shoulder. They are thick walled, mildly pungent, and crack-resistant. Jalapeno Tam peppers are best used when they are green.
Start indoors 6-10 weeks (March-April) before your last spring frost. Sow 4-5 seeds 6 mm (¼”) deep in 10 cm (4”) pots and cover lightly with soil medium and keep soil moist but not too wet. We keep under lights at a temperature of 26.7-29˚C (80-85˚F). Germination rates can vary drastically from 10 days to 21 days. Thin seedlings to 2-3 per pot. Once seedlings develop their second set of true leaves, prune the first set of true leaves. Pruning the leaves forces secondary growth and creates a bushier plant. We do this on several leaf sets. If seedlings become too leggy, place them in a cooler location. This will slow them down and make their stems thicker. Transplant seedlings when soil has warmed up to 15.6-18˚C (60-65˚F). Plant transplants 45-61 cm (18-24”) apart in rows or blocks each way.
Note: Peat pots are not recommended for germinating peppers. The pH may be too high and peat pots retain a lot of water that may drown the seeds.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose and well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.8
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 6 mm (¼) deep.
Germination: 7-14 days.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 40-61 cm (16-24") tall. Compact bush habit. Spread can be 40-45 cm (16-18”) wide.
Days to Maturity: 70 days green – 85-90 days red.
Watering: Peppers require about 2.5 cm (1”) of water per week. Allow water to completely soak the soil 15-20 cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain moist.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Plant transplants 30-45 cm (12-18”) apart in rows or blocks each way.
Additional Information Jalapeno Tam peppers are known as the “Gringo Pepper” and are considered a very mild pepper with their 1000 SHU rating. They are a very flavorful pepper with a zesty flare. The heat can be removed completely by removing the pepper seeds and ribs before eating. When peppers are done growing they will pull off the plant very easily. If they don't come off easily they are still growing. Slice peppers up and freeze them in a container for use as fresh peppers on pizza, soups and salads or use a dehydrator and dry them. We freeze and dry all our peppers for a variety of uses. Harvesting “Hot Peppers” is task that is best completed wearing latex or rubber gloves to prevent any accidents. Hot peppers contain organic chemicals called capsaicinoids which can burn sensitive skin, your eyes, your mouth, and other sensitive areas. Use a good pair of scissors to cut the peppers from the bush. Picking them off usually will result in breaking off branches. To prolong a pepper harvest, cut peppers from the plant regularly.