Growing Green Chiles Indoors
How to Grow Your Very Own Hatch Green Chiles Indoors!
The Hatch green chile is one of the most sought after chile peppers in the culinary world. They're not in season very long so, why not grow your own? You could enjoy fresh Hatch Green Chiles year round. With a few supplies and a corner near a window, you can be growing Hatch green chiles right in your own home!
3 things you should know about Green Chiles
Hatch Green Chiles originate their name from Hatch, New Mexico where they are grown, 40 miles northwest of Las Cruces. They are very flavorful, especially when roasted, and add that special ummph in mexican dishes that can only be found with the Hatch green chile pepper. Hatch green chiles come in variable heat intensities, ranging from mild to medium, medium hot, and hot varieties. Most restaurants and cooks at home will stick to the mild to medium variety, leaving the hot varieties to only the most adventurous.
First things first, you will need to find quality seeds to plant. Here is a link to get authentic Hatch green chile seeds. hatchchilecom.host-manager.com/catalog.asp?categoryid=15810 They are expensive here but are the real deal. Next, you will need seed trays and soil specifically for seeds. You can find these very inexpensive items at you nearest gardening or home improvement center. Fill the seed tray 3/4 full with the seed soil and dampen with water. (The soil should be wet not soggy.) The seeds should be planted approximately 1/4" in the soil and covered. Set the seed tray in indirect sunlight where the temperature stays between 60-70 degrees. It will take at least 7-10 days for seedlings to sprout and you're well on your way.
Watch Your Peppers Grow!
Once the seedlings grow to about 6" in height they will be strong enough to transplant to larger pots. Use plastic, ceramic, terracotta, or whatever your preference and/or budget is as long as the pots are medium size. Fill the pots 3/4 full of quality potting soil for vegetables, and make a hole in the center of the soil large enough to fit the transplanted roots. Pack the soil around the plants before transplanting. This will help keep the roots compact and strong. Use a large spoon or fork to transplant from the seed tray to the pots. (Do your best to keep as much of the soil around the roots as possible.) Once transplanted, press the soil gently back over the roots just up to the lower part of the stem. Dampen the soil thoroughly and place near a window that gets at least a few hours of direct sunlight per day. You should water the plants daily, usually in the morning, just making sure the soil is damp not soggy. From here your Hatch green chile plants should grow and flourish.
Within a few weeks your Hatch green chile plant should grow to at least 18" tall and begin to flower and bloom. These flowers are what will soon become the tasty green chiles you're after. Watch the plant mature keeping it properly watered will help keep it healthy. Occasionally you may add some liquid fertilizer to the soil, just make sure to follow the directions very carefully, You don't want to kill your plant after all your hard work! As the green chile peppers grow in length , they will also grow darker in color. Depending on the variety of green chile you have chosen, you will want to harvest the peppers when they reach a length of 6-8 inches. (These are ideal!) After harvest, be sure to wash the green chiles thoroughly and prep them for storage. You can leave them on the counter for quick use, put them in the refrigerator, (they'll keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge), or you can roast and freeze them to give as gifts. As long as you keep the Hatch green chile plant healthy, it will continue to produce those wonderful gems throughout the year!
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Growing your own Hatch green chiles indoors is easier than you might think. With the right environment you can be creating your very own fresh Hatch green chile recipes in just a few short weeks. With a little love and maintenance, your authentic Hatch green chile plant will keep producing that green gold for some time to come.
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They'll be bragging to all your friends and family how they helped grow dinner! Here's a cute book that illustrates how kids can get involved in helping to grow green chiles in your indoor/outdoor garden.
A little bit about me
I have been growing Hatch Green Chiles, (among other kinds of peppers) in my home for many years now. My family and I enjoy fresh Green chiles and other peppers year round. My guest especially love it when I use my home grown green chiles to make my famous Hatch Green Chile Rellenos. They go wild! You will be surprised how easy it is to get started growing your own.