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The Carolina Reaper is a cross between the well-known ghost pepper and red habanero. The Winthrop University in South Carolina was the testing location. The highest Scoville units measured were over 2.2 million, the average is 1,641,000.

Fans of hot, spicy food should try growing Carolina Reaper. It is considered the hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of World Records, although there is a rumored contender by the name of Dragon’s Breath. Even if Carolina Reaper isn’t the record holder anymore, it is still plenty spicy enough to cause contact burns, chili burn, and should be used with caution.

Use well-draining, light soil with a pH range of 6 to 6.5. Plant seeds shallowly with just a bit of soil dusted over them and then water evenly.

Carolina Reaper Hot Pepper.

A week or two before transplanting outside, harden seedlings off by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions. Prepare a bed by tilling deeply, incorporating plenty of organic matter and ensuring good drainage.

The plant takes 90-100 days to maturity and should be started indoors at least six weeks before planting outside. Also, germination can be very slow and take up to two weeks before you see a sprout.

If you are a glutton for punishment or just like a challenge, by now you are thinking you’ve got to try growing Carolina Reaper. The pepper is no harder to grow than any other pepper plant, but it needs an extremely long growing season and, in most cases, must be started inside well before planting out.

Start fanning your mouth now because we are going to talk about one of the world’s hottest peppers. The Carolina Reaper hot pepper scores so high on the Scoville heat unit ranking that it outstripped other peppers two times in the last decade. This is a not a hardy plant, so some tips on how to grow Carolina Reaper can help you get a harvest before the cold season hits.

The sweet, fruity flavor initially is unusual in hot peppers. The fruit pods are an unusual shape as well. They are chubby, red little fruits with a scorpion-like tail. The skin may be smooth or have small pimply bumps all over. The plant also can be found with fruit in yellow, peach, and chocolate.

These peppers need full sun and can go outdoors once temperatures during the day are at least 70 F. (20 C.) by day and no lower than 50 F. (10 C.) at night.

Starting the World’s Hottest Peppers.

Keep soil evenly moist but not soggy. Feed the plants fish emulsion diluted for the first few weeks, weekly. Apply magnesium monthly either with Epsom salts or with a Cal-mag spray. Use a fertilizer like a 10-30-20 once a month as soon as buds start to appear.

How to Grow Carolina Reaper Outside.

Growing the Carolina Reaper is almost as easy as most other peppers and vegetables, though they do like a warm germination period, and need a long growing season and lots of sun to grow the hottest pods in the world.

Transplant the Carolina Reaper seedlings into pots once they’re a few inches tall with a couple sets of leaves, and grow until there are 6 true leaves on the plant. When it’s starting to get warm enough outside both day and night (peppers don’t like temperatures below 60˚), you can bring them outdoors. M ake sure to harden them off by bringing them outside for a couple hours of sun a day, working up to leaving them outside for a couple full days before planting. This will ensure they won’t be shocked when first outdoors, and it also strengthens their stems with the natural breezes.

The Carolina Reaper is a Capsicum chinense strain, and these strains do require a great deal of attention during the germination process. Moisture and a constant and consistent heat range must be maintained. We like to place the Carolina Reaper seeds in sterile media and cover 1/4” deep. Then, we provide 85°F bottom heat using a seedling heat mat, and bright light, keeping the seeds moist at all times. Seeds will typically germinate in 7-21 days, but be patient, sometimes it takes longer!

Did you know that there are two color variations of the Carolina Reaper?

Once they sprout, we like to give the little Carolina Reaper seedlings a brush with our hands daily, or put a fan on them. This helps strengthen the stems and keeps the seedlings from “damping-off,” which is a devastating fungal disease which affects the new plant stem just at soil level.

Plant them directly into rich soil, 30” apart or into containers, and grow in full sun. Pretty soon, you’ll have the Hottest Pepper in the World growing in your garden! It’s a great conversation starter with friends, and, while we don’t recommend eating Carolina Reapers whole*, they actually are delicious in hot sauce and salsas.

We carry both the classic Red Carolina Reaper as well as the Yellow Carolina Reaper seeds . Both are super wicked hot, and are perfect for adding to salsas, or making hot sauce. Here is a great Carolina Reaper Salsa Recipe as well as a Fermented Hot Sauce Recipe . You can also make our Carolina Reaper Powder Recipe which is great for sprinkling into any recipe!

Use a clean paint brush from inexpensive Childrens water color paint set to pollinate by hand. Higher than normal temperature did. make some blossoms drop.

Once your plant has flowered it will begin to fruit, ONLY AFTER the plant has flowered should you feed it as it will help to produce a greater healthier yield. Use a fruit and veg feed, tomatoe feed will do fine. Soon you will have some strange looking fruit forming, the fruit will look disgusting when grown but thats just how they look and no you havent grown some mutant killer pepper that will take over the earth. Once red harvest your peppers. If peppers are nearly ripe but not quite take them inside and leave them on some tissue infront of a window with sun and they will self rippen. Your plant will keep producing so make sure you can use them as youll soon have lots.


Step 5: Flowering and Fruiting.

Question 4 months ago on Step 5.

Answer 7 months ago.

Is it normal for my Reaper to be this big, (approx. 3 feet high 2feet wide) has had some flowers but never any peppers? It is early September in Toronto and I don’t have many good days left. Can anybody help? Last pic shows dark circles on shoots does this have something to do with it?

Kinda arrogant huh. Lol.

Reply 1 year ago.

Your seeds are now getting ready to sprout, keep misting the compost well and keep it in the sun as much as possible. DO NOT FEED YOUR PLANTS AT THIS POINT! Try to resist repeatedly removing the lid as it will reduce the temperature in the incubator, you should remove the lid oocassionaly to allow fresh air inside (only once every two days). If the compost looks dry apply more water but not too much, if the compost looks too wet allow to evaporate. Not too much, not too little is the key.

Question 7 months ago on Step 1.

Step 3: Your Sprouting Plant.

Dude 60° C it’s like hell..

Hi, my name is AL, im from the Philippines. I purchased ripe C. Reapers and grow them from seeds. Right now, they are running from 3 inches to 20 inches tall. About 3 months old, but they are all flowering and have fruits. Im thnking this is not normal as i was expecting them to flower at atleasr 3 feet tall. ( About 500 plants total) see pics. As u can see they are very small but already bearing fruits. I was spraying foliar feetilizer by the way and npk/urea/14.14.14. alternate every week. Could this be the reason?

Your plants are now growing bigger and bigger, they will need bigger and bigger pots or they will become pot bound. You can generaly tell when it is neccesary to change containers but if you are unsure hang on a bit longer. Keep your growing plant inside the greenhouse and keep watered. It wont be long until your chillis flower and fruit. DO NOT FEED YET!! it is very important not to feed yet as I will explain next.

Probably cross pollinated with sweet peppers is my guess.

Ok what’s your technique I can’t even get 1 pepper?

Step 2: Maintainance.

1. Tiny (dark red) 2. No heat at all and very sweat.

Tip 5 months ago.

So all has gone well so far and the seeds have sprouted. Allow them to get to a largish size before transplanting to a pot. When you have your plants get a small pot and fill it with compost; get your plant from the tray making sure not to damage the root and put it in one hand. Use your other hand to make a hole in your compost and slide the plants roots in. Cover the bottom of the plant and press (or firm) it in with your thumbs so that your compost is lightly compacted, now water your plant plenty and leave it. Put your plant in a green house glass or otherwise; your plant needs to go in one eitherway.

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