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Ghost Pepper - Bhut Jolokia (100-120 Days)

A legendary variety from India with its extreme heat said to be one of the hottest pepper in the world with a Scoville rating of over 1 million units. For comparison, the Jalapeño has a rating of 3500-10,000, and the Habanero rated at 100,000-350,000. Patience is required for this pepper, as they start out slow but will form 4’ tall plants with thin-walled, wrinkly fruit that ripens to red. Start indoors early as they can be slow to germinate and do require a long season. 

20 seeds  


Caspsicum chinense x frutescens

Germination: 10-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures slow germination time.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep

Starting Indoors:  8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 18-24” apart after the last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas

How much does a packet plant: 20-25 foot single row  

Harvest: Use a sharp instrument to cut the peppers from the plant. Pick the first fruits when they reach usable size, this helps accelerate the growth of the other peppers on the plant. Leave some peppers on the plant to mature so they can change color and sweeten up.

Tips: Pinch off early flowers or tiny fruit on any seedlings before placing them in the ground. Plant in fertile soil, amend with compost if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form.


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leslie c.
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I was really growing the ghost pepper for the visual interest and for the benefit of the neighbors who like them. To this point nothing has come up. Maybe what I should do is plant them in a different spot and see what happens.

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I'm not a pepperhead. Honestly i grew these for the "street cred". ;) The plants did great, i started the seeds on a heat mat and got excellent germination. The plants grew lush and set lots of fruit. From 5 plants i got about 50 peppers that achieved red color on the bush, Many more were picked green and ripened on the windowsill. We had a hail storm in my area last summer and the plants recovered like champs. I can't comment personally on the flavor and heat level but i gave a couple fruits away and maybe it was bravado or perhaps our summers in Z5 maine don't get hot enough for the peppers to develop full Scoville heat level , but nobody who tried them reported tonguesplitting heat. I am going to try growing them in dark colored 5 gallon pails (rather than cooler garden soil) this coming summer and see if i can deliver the fire to some extended friends and family. The plants were lush, healthy and produced well. As someone who was just growing them for fun and not even considering taste-testing, i was pleased with this seed.