Carolina Reaper Hot Pepper Seed

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World’s hottest pepper, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. A cross between a Ghost Pepper and a Red Habanero, this little demon has a sweet and fruity flavor, and then the heat kicks in — Carolina Reapers are about 4 times hotter than a habanero! Round pods have a cute little tail that belies what’s inside. Fire-engine red when ready to pick. One pepper will spice up dozens of dishes. Use to make hot sauce, salsa, mustard and pepper jelly, or in great moderation in a seasoning mix. This pepper requires careful handling with rubber gloves. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 14-28
  • Days to maturity: 120
  • Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Sow ¼” deep in sterile planting medium.
  • Transplant spacing: 3’
  • Sow outdoors: Not recommended.
  • Produce size:1-2” round pods
  • Yield: Very productive, especially with full sun and consistent fertilizer application
  • Mature plant height: Up to 60”
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes
  • Year of discovery: Approximately 2010, by “Smokin’” Ed Currie

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