Pepper, Ghost - Red Bhut Jolokia (Capsicum annuum) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Scoville: 1 million
•USDA Zone: 8-11
The Red Ghost Pepper, also known as the Bhut Jolokia chilli, was formerly the hottest pepper on the planet. In 2007, the spicy Ghost Pepper chili won the title, which it maintained for four years. This is the world's hottest commercially cultivated pepper. These original heirloom seeds are the best.
In order to best grow these peppers, your climate should most closely match that of their native India, which has five months of intensely high humidity and temperatures. At a minimum, they will need at least 3 months above 70°F. If your growing season is short, the ghost pepper plants can be moved indoors in the evening, however, these plants are sensitive to shifts in their environments and a lot of moving around may damage the plants irreparably. The surest way of growing ghost peppers is indoors or in a greenhouse where temperatures can be maintained. Using a plant heating mat, seeds for ghost peppers take around 35 days to germinate and 100-120 days to reach maturity in very warm soil between 80 and 90 degrees F and the soil must be kept moist consistently. A good rule of thumb is to wait for the top 2 inches of soil to dry before watering ghost pepper plants. Aim to maintain a regular watering schedule, as inconsistent watering can shock the plants. Before sowing, soak the seeds in hydrogen peroxide for a minute to increase germination success and use full sun fluorescent light bulbs to maintain temperature and humidity. Sow 1/4" deep in full sun and loamy, slightly alkaline soil. To direct sow, start the seeds once night temps are above 70° with 18" spacing between plants.
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