Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) Seeds


Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) was once the hottest chili in the world. With a rating of around 1 million Scoville heat units, you've got to be pretty tough to handle them. But we think you can do it. Get some today!

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Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) Seeds: Weapons Grade Heat!

Formerly the hottest chili in the world, Bhut Jolokia peppers can still get hot as hell! Reaching up to just over 1 million SHU on the Scoville scale, they’re enough to blow your head off. In fact, the Indian army uses them to make chili grenades, which should make you pause before eating one!

Their life cycle is on the slightly longer side, taking around 135 days to reach harvest. But for lovers of heat, the wait is well worth it. Once they’re fully grown, the plant should be around 75cm tall, and the chilies themselves will be red and wrinkled, looking a bit like shrivelled hearts.

How To Grow Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) Chilies

  • Step 1: Germination

To germinate, simply bury your seeds around 1cm deep into their final pots. The pot size will determine how long the overall grow cycle takes, so bear this in mind. A bigger pot means longer growth, but also higher yields.

Keep the soil moist, and cover the pot with cling film to maintain high humidity. Poke a few holes in it to allow for air exchange. Make sure you don’t get them too wet, though, as this can kill them.

Place them in a warm space; between 25 and 30°C is the optimal range.

Hotter chilies tend to take longer to germinate, so you’ll have to exercise patience with the Ghost Pepper. In fact, it can take as long as 6 weeks to sprout, but often much less.

  • Step 2: Patience

Now it’s just about caring for them until the chilies are ready to pluck. Remove the cling film once the seedling appears and keep it in a warm place with lots of light exposure. Water as you would any other house plant.

To feed them, use a tomato fertiliser. A little foliar spray of extra calcium will keep the dreaded blossom-end rot away.

How and When To Harvest Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) Chilies

You’ll know it’s time to harvest your Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) Chilies when they are about 5cm long and red. They should also take on a slightly shrivelled appearance. Once they’ve initially turned red, it’s best practice to leave them a couple more days to make sure they’re completely ripe.

To harvest, simply pull them away. If they come off easily, they’re ready!

A Word of Warning

Whenever handling chilies and seeds, especially Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper), it’s best to wear gloves to avoid pepper burn. If it’s strong enough to make grenades from, it’s strong enough to hurt you.

Note: The packaging for this product may contain incorrect information. Please refer to this page for correct information about Zamnesia's Bhut Jolokia seeds.

Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) Seeds data sheet
Botanical Name Capsicum chinense
Spiciness (SHU) Extremely hot (855,000–1,000,000 SHU)
Maturation time ~135 days
Sowing Early spring
Harvesting Period October
Average Height ~75cm
Colour Red
Package contents Ca. 6 seeds
Location In pot, In soil
Lifespan Perennial
Required Space 45x85
Amount of Sun Full sun
Watering Schedule Regularly
Suitable For Outside
Frost Resistant No
Advised Technique Plant out, Support plants, Transplant
Plant Type Pepper
Uses Edible
Poisonous No
Sowing period under glass February, January, March
Outdoor sowing period April, March
Harvest period August, July, September

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Reviews (57)

    Half of them Germinated
    Germination is not easy but possible, seedlings seem strong.


    Leider ist 1 der 6 Samen am Leben und es ist auch schwierig zu züchten. aber versuche dein glück






    Nice :-)
    Sounds interesting. I must try out these :-)


    Bhut Jolokia
    Super Produkt, sie wachsen super


    Richtig scharf
    Alle gekeimt. Super Sache.


    Compliqué pour une première mais à la fin ça pique


    Schar wie Fick.
    Sind gut gekeimt und den Sommer über gereift. Man muss Schärfe schon mögen, wenn man damit kochen will.


    Plus qu’à goûter
    Petite récolte de piment assez content ,pas assez d’insectes polinisateur dommage

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