Carolina Reaper Chilli Pepper is the current Hottest Chilli Guiness World Record holder and is a real scorcher recording a huge average in 2013 of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units while a pepper from an individual plant recorded a mind blowing high of over 2,200,000 SHU.
Carolina Reaper is Native to Central America and grown as a vegetable, Capsicum chinense is a tropical herb that is 70-80 cm tall. C. chinense varieties are well known for their unique flavours and many have exceptional heat. The hottest peppers in the world are members of this species, with Scoville Heat Unit scores of over 2 million. The leaves are compound with each leaf composed of 3 leaflets. The flowers found in the axils of leaves. They are white and occur singly or in clusters of two. The fruit is used as a flavouring and spice. It has tonic and antiseptic properties. It increases perspiration, reduces pain sensitivity, and stimulates the circulatory and digestive systems.
Carolina Reaper Chillies evil pods are bumpy and irregular shaped with a pointed (sting in the) tail but if you can get past the heat the chillies have sweet, fruity flavour with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate, best only to use very sparingly as these are seriously hot peppers. Its heat level is over 4 times hotter than a Habanero and it makes a Jalapeno seem like a sweet pepper with its 2,500-10,000 Scoville rating.
As the saying goes all good things come to those who wait and unfortunately these Superhot Carolina Reaper seeds are quite difficult & temperamental to germinate so patience is needed. It may take up to 6 weeks or more to germinate and care is needed to ensure the seed receives the right amount of water. If over-watered the seed will rot before germination occurs and too little water means the seed won't germinate either. The seeds should be sown in either a heated propagator/heated greenhouse and kept at a constant temperature of 23-25C
The seeds should be sown early in the season as Carolina Reaper takes a long time to fruit and ripen particularly in a cool season so the plants must be kept inside at a constant high temperature.
Carolina Reaper may need a little extra help by hand-pollinating flowers and it is not uncommon for the first flowers to drop before setting chillies but others should follow. Not an easy chilli to grow but great for the really dedicated experienced chilli grower and enthusiast!
Handle with extreme caution, keep out of reach of children and immature adults!
PLEASE NOTE - we do not recommend growing chillies on a windowsill, especially the hotter varieties. Chillies need a constant and consistent temperature to germinate and windowsills above radiators do not provide the ideal conditions.
Carolina Reaper Chilli Seed Information
|Seeds Per Pack:
|Sow Hot Scale:
||1,569,300 SHU (View the Scoville Scale)
|When to Sow:
||January - April
|Time to Fruit:
||August - October
When to Sow your Carolina Reaper Chilli Seeds
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