This is my first jalapeno plant that Ive grown from seed and will be harvesting while in the ground. (Have done seedlings from the ground and seeds from a container). Im really excited about it and am obviously looking forward to tasting the results. One question (Im certainly a novice): will picking the larger ones on the bottom soon increase the chances that the same area of the plant will bear more before the cold weather arrives? Im concerned about how late in the summer it is as well as the fact that the stems haven't become as thick as other plants Ive purchased from a nursery. By the way Im in Northern Virginia.
Maybe this is a ridiculous question but I just wanted to learn about how to maximize the amount of peppers that I can get from this plant this season. If picking now won't help the chances for more this summer I'll likely leave them on a while as I tend to prefer them darker (even red). Thanks!