Carolina Reaper - 3 seeds - HP22B

Carolina Reaper - 3 seeds - HP22B


The Carolina Reaper is officially the Worlds Hottest Pepper as ranked by Guinness Records. There is nothing normal about this pepper. It was bred for heat and that it is, with an average SHU of over 1.5 million and peaks at 2.2 Million SHU!

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Just looking at it, you know its one mean pepper. The Carolina Reaper has a unique stinger tail that is unlike any other pepper.

It gets this insane heat from being a cross between a Pakistani Naga and a Red Habanero. Oddly enough this pepper doesn’t just have heat, but excellent flavor as well.

Always wear gloves when handling the seeds when sowing, picking fruit or any other direct contact.

I’m currently testing the three methods of germination for Carolina Reaper seeds. I’m looking to discover which is the most successful in terms of reliability and speed of germination for the seeds.

Sow the seeds a maximum of the 5mm deep. This is to prevent the plants from dying before making it through the surface of the soil. In order to get a more accurate sowing depth, you can pre-water the soil this will force it to compact and settle such that future waterings will not disturb the soil as much and displace the seed.

Reapers can be transplanted once they reach a size of around 6 inches.

Need to use a minimum size of 20L or 5 gallons for pot sizes. Don’t go below this because it will affect the size and bounty of your chili harvest. You will find the plant becomes much more prolific as you increase the pot size and let the roots expand.

If sowing in the ground then the plants enjoy a till and furrow planting configuration whereby you have a series of ridges and valleys. Sow the plant in the ridge, the valley provides good drainage. Anecdotal reports have suggested that growing in the ground also provides chillis with more flavor than their pot ridden counterparts, but this is entirely subjective.

According to one source, the best fertilizer for Carolina Reapers is a 5-10-5 or 10-10-10 fertilizer, with an aged manure being the best fertiliser around (go for horse manure).

Carolina Reapers can be picked from a green color to a deep red. If you’re looking for that fully developed flavor and heat intensity, then it is ideal to let them fully develop into the red colour and back off watering during fruiting – this will increase the capsaicin content, but also result in smaller pods. Up to you!