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
Colour Red
Harvesting Period July–September
Maturation time ~100 days
Sowing Early spring
Botanical Name Capsicum chinense
Suitable For Outside
Plant Type Pepper
Location In pot, In soil
Watering Schedule Regularly
Amount of Sun Full sun
Required Space 45x85
Advised Technique Transplant, Plant out, Support plants
Sowing period under glass January, February, March
Outdoor sowing period March, April
Harvest period July, August, September
Uses Edible
Poisonous No
Frost Resistant No
Lifespan Perennial
Package contents Package contents: Ca. 6 seeds
Average Height ~120cm
Spiciness (SHU) Next-level hot (1,500,000–2,200,000 SHU)

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    31/May/2024

    Be patient
    Took over 4 weeks to germinate, be patient and check daily.

    C. H.
    25/Apr/2024

    Piccante!!!
    Try to germinate it :D

    R. C.
    22/Mar/2024

    Gute Qualität
    Die samen kommen gut und hab sie schon das 2 mal bestellt

    S. M.
    02/Jan/2024

    Ottimi
    Veramente soddisfatta!

    S. P.
    05/Aug/2023

    Good fresh seeds
    Very fast to germinate and good germination rate. Would recommand.

    F. B.
    04/Aug/2023

    Nice
    Finally sprouting . Was about to give up.

    H. D.
    05/Jul/2023

    Alle sechs Sahmen gaben Zöglinge
    Alle sechs Samen haben sehr schnell Wachstum gegeben, jetzt muss man eben ein halbes Jahr abwarten bis zu der Ernte

    D. B.
    13/Jun/2023

    Germination
    First rating was 3 star (medium) because I didn't know what to do at that moment and what to expect further like if I should wait longer for the seeds to germinate. That's why I asked a question in my review. My rating now is 5 star. Very happy with your work. Thank you for your help and time.

    I. U.
    01/Jun/2023

    super
    super, alles gekeimt

    P. S.
    28/May/2023

    super Geschenk
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