Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics – Update Week 3

Three weeks ago I got some Jalapeño seeds as a present from a friend; thank you friend! My husband is a big fan of Jalapeño poppers recipes; I’ve only tried them once and enjoyed them a fair bit too. Biggest issue was finding jalapeños large enough to easily stuff. So it makes sense that we planted some Jalapeño pepper seeds into some rock wool to grow our own (hopefully large peppers).

It’s now time to do the three week update!

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 3 Growth
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 3 Growth

The peppers are taking off! I wanted to say that they haven’t grown that much, but looking back at week two they were only little seedlings:

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 2
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 2

The week three jalapeños have clearly grown much larger leaves, and are now growing their third and fourth true leaves.

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 3 Growth
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 3 Growth

I am concerned about the size of the bucket that I am growing it in – ideally I would have only one or two plants in this sized bucket long term, and I am growing five! I think that I will give some seedlings away to family (to plant traditionally in soil) and keep one or two for myself.

Have you grown Jalapeño peppers before? How long did yours take to fruit? How big were the peppers? Let me know in the comments below.

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics – Update Week 2

I’m not a huge Jalapeño fan, but my husband is. I think I made his day when I told him that I had planted some jalapeño seeds for him.

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 2
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 2

I think he’s a bit disheartened, as many new gardeners are, that they aren’t growing faster. He’s been checking them daily and when you see something so often its hard to see the changes. That’s why I love posting my weekly updates – I get to see and compare to photos a week ago. In this case these plants didn’t even exist two weeks ago!

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 2
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 2

These seedlings have all put out their first true leaves, and in a couple cases they have started to grow their second sets of true leaves as well.

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 2

As with all the other plants I have grown hydroponically so far, once the seedlings start producing a couple of their first leaves they go through a very sudden growth spurt. I expect that these jalapeño seedlings won’t look so small and vulnerable within one or two weeks.

Since it’s the first time growing jalapeño’s, I am unsure just how big they will get. I have them distanced only about 2-3″ apart from each other, so they are quite close. I expect that I am probably going to have to transplant some else where – luckily the weather is getting cooler in Kuwait so I can probably place in the soil. It’s currently (at time of writing) 48°C (119°F) outdoors… umm it is getting cooler, right?

Have you grown jalapeño’s or peppers? I’d love to hear about your growing stories in the comments below!