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Growing Green Chiles Indoors

Updated on November 5, 2011

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.

Getting Started

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.

Harvest Time!

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!

P.S. If you learn just one thing from this page...

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.

Other Links that May Be Useful - Hatch Green Chile's, Recipes, and Indoor Gardening Supplies.

Links to othe sites I found for seeds, Hatch green chiles, recipes, and indoor gardening supplies.

Even Kids Can Do It! - Children love to help!

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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Forgot to leave my email.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello from South Dakota, I am a native New Mexican who is attempting my first green chili garden. I just spotted my first chili today! Your article grabbed my attention since I would liked to move them into the basement before it gets cold here. Any suggestions?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought a 16 inch plant last year in Ft. Woorth, TX, but it didn't seem to do well in our humidity on the South Carolina coast. It looked nearly dead, and I almost toossed it out until suddenly in March it burst back to life. What is funny is that one bush has no blooms, and one has about 40! Is there a male/female thing going on here? I have it in a 16" pot where it gets about 4 hrs of direct sunlight each morning. Peppers are purplish, and about an inch long. I so want this crop to come in. Can they get too much moisture from humidity?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello Fayton,

      I just don't know where to get started. I live in the Midwest but I grew up in New Mexico. I usually get some chiles shipped during harvest time but I would love to convert my basement into a hydroponic grow for HOT Hatch Green Chiles. Have you actually grown them indoors? Are they as flavorful and hot? Please let me know how we can get in contact with each other so I can get this started. You can email me at briangarland1@gmail.com

      Thank you.

      Kind Regards,

      Brian

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hatch Chile Heaven cookbook has been released.

      The caterpillers are enjoying my pepper plants so I have added a condiment for their enjoyment. I'm now spraying my plants with garlic and habenaro sauce

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Gloria Chadwick is coming out with her new cookbook at the end of this month of may 2012, Its titled "Hatch Chile Heaven". It is said that it will have just short of 300 recipes. Its been a long time since a Hatch Chile cookbook has been published. I loved her "Tastes and flavors of San Antonio" Cookbook. It was reported that she attended the festival last year and was hooked on the Hatch which inspired her to compile a cookbook. I feel like a kid on the day before Christmas waiting for the cookbook to be released.

      I started growing my hatch and Big Jim seeds this year and have 43 plants. I got the seeds from Hatch new Mexico and they have a high germination success ratio.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your article has been very informative.I have always wanted to grow my own chile,but didn't know how.This should get me started in the right direction.Thanks a mil.

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      FaytonParker 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The key to a good relleno is the batter. The trick to the batter is separating the yolks and the whites. Beat the yolks till frothy and whip the whites with a mixer until peaks form. Just like meringue for a pie. Carefully fold in the yolks to the whites bit by bit. this is how I was taught by my abuela. It's light and fluffy. My favorite at Carlito's are the Navajo Tacos and the green chile stew! Makes me hungry just thinking about it. Thanks for the great comment. Good luck with the green chiles!

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      FaytonParker 6 years ago

      @DidoGirl: HAHAH! I am the exact same way. Have to know everything about something before I do ANYTHING. I guess some would say it's a fear of failure. ;-)) This is one of those things that doesn't take a lot of time or effort. And once they start to grow, they take care of themselves as long as they are watered properly. Good luck and thanks so much for the comment!

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      novicegrower 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens! Keep it up! I agree when you said that growing hatch chili peppers indoors can be easy provided that all important growth factors are met such as proper lighting, the most ideal environment and the right set of nutrients.

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      FaytonParker 6 years ago

      @novicegrower: Thank you commenting on my lens! Most home improvement stores have all the supplies you need in the garden center. The hardest part is getting your hands on quality seeds. I have a few links to point you in the right direction.

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      FaytonParker 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the great comment! Good luck on growing your own!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the info.! I got hold of some hatch seeds but thought I was too late in the season to get started. I'll try the indoor method. I have a hard time finding good fresh green chiles in Los Angeles. I usually make my grandmother's green chile recipe with them. Do you have a good relleno recipe? Also, I'm frequently in Vegas - I'll have to try Carlito's. What's good on the menu?

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      DidoGirl 6 years ago

      Great info. My problem with Indoor Gardening is pretty much the same problem with several other activities that I would love to do. Being lazy!

      I'm not that lazy in work but usually when it comes to new activities I feel laziness specially because I do love to learn everything about what I'm about to do and I also love to do it with passion. I guess I'll bookmark this lens for later, maybe it will be my first experimental. Thank you so much for putting these info together.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I purchased my seeds directly from Hatch Chili Express.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: @Brandon - Check out Carlito's in Las Vegas! AMAZING New Mexican restaurant! It's the real deal.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      really enjoyed this site. I can't find hatch chiles here in Vegas and wanted to grow my own. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      really enjoyed this site. I can't find hatch chiles here in Vegas and wanted to grow my own. Thanks for the info.