Carolina Reaper Seeds

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

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

If you’ve not heard of it, this is the world’s hottest chilli. 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 chilli can certainly impress, but may be too hot for normal culinary use.

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

How To Grow Carolina Reaper Chillies

  • 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 chillies 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 Chillies

California Reaper chillies should be ready for harvest around 100–120 days after germination. On average, the plant should be around 120cm tall. The chillies 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 chillies 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 (4)
    (4)
    05/Jan/2022

    Fire!!!
    Deze zomer gaan mensen huilen, lachen, zweten en vloeken.

    29/Dec/2021

    Keimt gerade
    Die kleine Carolina kein gerade fröhlich in 1 Töpfchen hoffe sie wird schnell groß und liefert mir leckeres Chilli sieht auf jeden Fall schon sehr süß aus

    26/Dec/2021

    Great service
    Highlyreccomend

    03/Dec/2021

    4 germinated
    4 germinated and are growing well. I'm happy.

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