Chilli - Carolina Reaper (seed)
Chilli - Carolina Reaper (seed)
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Chilli - Carolina Reaper (seed)

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Capsicum Chinensis

Carolina Reaper chilli is a Perennial (often grown as an annual in cool climates). Plants have an upright open habit and can grow up to 120cm tall. This variety produces medium sized bright red 'wrinkly' fruit with a small pointed 'stinger' tail.

When forming, the fruit starts out green and then ripens to a bright red. This is the hottest chilli in the world, the peppers are well known for their fruity flavour and very intense heat. 

The Carolina Reaper was awarded  the Guinness World Record in November of 2013.  With 1.5 million SHU (Scoville Heat Unit) the Carolina Reaper is the new World's Hottest Chilli Pepper.

WARNING - EXTREME HEAT
Use two pairs of gloves when you chop this pepper and be careful not to get any chilli in your eyes.

This chilli plant grows to over a meter in a pot and will grow bigger if you plant it into the ground. 

5 seeds per packet

 

CHILLI GERMINATION ADVICE

Spring is the best time to plant your seeds. 

It is important to keep the seed medium moist during the germination period. Misting with a spray bottle is better to use rather than pouring water over them.  Seed germination time can take between 3 to 5 weeks

When the seedlings have at least two sets of leaves (or more) you can transplant them into larger pots or into the ground where you intend to fully grow them.  If you have 3-4 seedlings in one pot, separate them gently before planting out. Keep them in the shade, out of full sun, for some days after they have been transplanted.

Don’t use fertiliser until your seedlings have grown considerably as it may burn and harm them. Chillies need fertiliser approx. once a month (in pots approx. once a fortnight).  Rooster Booster, a slow releasing fertiliser, or Seasol are great, but you can also use a fertiliser labelled for fruits and vegetables. Be aware that too much fertiliser can burn plant roots.

Watering: Take care that your chillies do not dry out; give them a drink of water every day if the weather is very hot, particularly in very warm dry regions.