Carolina Reaper Seeds


"The world's hottest chili" is all you really need to know about the Carolina Reaper. Scoring between 1.5 and 2.2 million Scoville heat units, these chilies are ridiculously, dangerously hot. Proceed with caution!

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Carolina Reaper Seeds: The World's Hottest Chili — 2.2 Million SHU

If you’ve not heard of it, this is the world’s hottest chili. Racking up an astounding 2.2 million units on the Scoville scale, it has an almost hell-like heat. But for lovers of heat-induced endorphin rushes, the Carolina Reaper is going to get your synapses firing!

It’s a cross between a Naga and a Habenero Red, but it overpowers both. Bell-shaped and with a little tail on the bottom, it somehow looks both innocent and devilish at the same time.

A great choice for spicy sauces and challenging your friends to commit foolhardy acts, this chili can certainly impress, but may be too hot for normal culinary use.

If you intend to go anywhere near this chili pepper, exercise extreme caution!

How To Grow Carolina Reaper Chilies

  • Step 1: Germination

To germinate Carolina Reapers, just plant them immediately in their final pots. Dig a hole about 1cm deep, and gently cover with soil. Keep the soil moist, as moisture is essential to germination. To assist in maintaining humidity, cover the pot in cling film. Poke a few holes in it to let it breathe.

Place them in a warm space. Hot chilies like hot temperatures. Around 28°C is good for Carolina Reaper germination. They can even take up to 30°C.

  • Step 2: Patience

Now you just have to look after them and wait. Water them as you would any other house plant. To feed them, use a tomato fertiliser, and maybe add some extra calcium via a foliar spray to avoid the disappointment of seeing fruits rotting away.

How and When To Harvest Carolina Reaper Chilies

California Reaper chilies should be ready for harvest around 100–120 days after germination. On average, the plant should be around 120cm tall. The chilies themselves will be about 6–7cm long and about 5cm wide, but maturation times vary depending on pot size, so you’ll need to read the chilies themselves. Once they are totally red, they’re more or less ripe. Leave them a few more days, then try plucking one off. If it comes off easily, it is ripe. If not, give them a couple more days before trying again.

A Word of Warning

Handling Carolina Reapers and their seeds can be dangerous, so it's advisable to wear gloves, a mask, and goggles. Using tweezers to handle the seeds is another way to avoid pepper burn.

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

Carolina Reaper Seeds data sheet
Botanical Name Capsicum chinense
Spiciness (SHU) Next-level hot (1,500,000–2,200,000 SHU)
Maturation time ~100 days
Sowing Early spring
Harvesting Period July–September
Average Height ~120cm
Colour Red
Package contents Package contents: Ca. 6 seeds

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Reviews (25)

    je recommande
    Les graines ont bien poussé : bonne récolte et bon piquant : chaud chaud


    Very good
    Nice. Fast shipping.


    Incroyable autant que ça puisse paraître m, mais j'ai belle et bien commander des Carolina reapee mais a ma grande surprise c'est des habanero chocolat qui ont poussées !! FANTASTIQUE !


    Top Samen
    2 gepflanzt 2 gewachsen top Ergebnis bei andern Anbietern keimen meist nur 2-3 von 10


    Fast delivery
    Good product Very spicy


    Esperando la cosecha
    Han germinado solo 3 de las 6 semillas, pero crecen a buen ritmo, solo queda esperar un mes y medio más para recoger la primera cosecha.


    Los mejores
    Fácil de germinar y de cuidar, son los más picantes si no los regais mucho cuando ya sale el pimiento


    Sono spuntate cinque piante su sei semi
    Spero di fare un ottimo raccolto ad ottobre.


    J'ai eu beaucoup de mal à les faire germer même avec de forte température. 5 graines sur 6 ont germé. Au bout de une semaine 1 des pieds à pourri. La croissance est très longue (comme annoncé par zamnezia). Je vais les mettre dans ma serre pour qu'ils supportent les températures plus froide lors de la fin de flauraison.


    Looking promising
    About half of the seeds germinated, which is perhaps a little bit disappointing but maybe I neglected them a little. The survivors are looking strong and healthy so far. The fire extinguisher is full and the toilet paper is in the freezer so we'll be ready to taste them in a few weeks.

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