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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    15/Nov/2022

    Niet zoals gehoopt
    Ik was heel nieuwsgierig naar deze hele hete peper. Het heeft mij aardig lang laten wachten maar eind september begon er dan eindelijk leven in de 3 overgebleven planten te komen. De ene kreeg snel al 30 tal pepers en de ander maar 10 en 6. De plant die ik begin november heb geoogst is die van 6, daar begonnen de eerste 3/4 al te kleuren, geen rood, maar oranje. De smaak was wel zoals een reaper maar minder pittig. De 2de plant waarvan ik kon oogsten op 10 november was die van 10 pepers, daarvan heb ik er 2 geplukt en die waren ook oranje maar wel pittiger dan de eerste oogst. Buiten dat de vormen allemaal verschillen van bliksemschicht tot Halloween pompoen vormen lijkt er geen eentje egt op de afbeelding. De planten komen wel redelijk overeen met de omschrijving. Ik hoop dat de laatste plant nog een hoop pittihheid brengt. Al met al ben ik niet heel ontevreden , alleen is de stabiliteit van de plant niet heel hoog en verschilt alles enorm.

    13/Oct/2022

    Noch am warten
    Hab ich gepflanzt und unter UV Licht, hat sich noch nichts getan aber ich gebe Feedback sobald was kommt.

    06/Oct/2022

    Bisher gut
    5 von 6 Samen haben gekeimt. Mehr kann man erst nach der Ernte sagen

    03/Oct/2022

    Top
    Germination rapide et belle croissance de mes Carolina Reeper pour le moment.

    04/Sep/2022

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

    22/Aug/2022

    Very good
    Nice. Fast shipping.

    18/Aug/2022

    INCROYABLE MAIS VRAI
    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 !

    28/Jul/2022

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

    28/Jul/2022

    Fast delivery
    Good product Very spicy

    27/Jul/2022

    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.

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