The Carolina Reaper is the world's hottest chili pepper. It averages 1,641,000 on the Scoville scale with peak levels of over 2,200,000 Scoville Heat Units.
Simply take the seeds and soak in a paper towel for a few days until they sprout. Plant the seedling in fertile soil with plenty of moisture and direct sunlight. In just 160 days you'll have plants up to 3 feet tall that can produce dozens and dozens of delicious ripe Carolina Reaper Peppers that you can enjoy in all of your favorite dishes!
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Where do you live? What is the average temperature where they are growing? Have you checked the soil acidity? Are they in direct sunlight for most of the day?
These are all very important variables when trying to grow the hottest peppers in the world.
We have hundreds of plants growing from the very same seeds you can purchase here but the plants need to be kept warm and the soil acidity level above 6.5.
You can purchase a soil test kit at any Home Depot or Loews to check the level. Also, it is important not to water the plants too much and make sure the soil is not only kept warm but can drain well. A good solution to that is blending the soil with some sand to help the drainage.
Also, when sprouting them, it's good to make sure they are kept warm in a dark place. We use 3 methods.
1) An Aerogarden.
2) We take shallow pans, add 2 layers of paper towels to the bottom and make sure they are moist but not drowning in water. Then we add the seeds, and add 1 sheet of paper towels on top. It usually takes 14-30 days for them to sprout using this method and you will need to check the tray each day to make sure the paper towels are kept moist. We use a seed warming plate to keep them above 80 degrees but most people just place the tray on top of their fridge where it is warm.
Another method that works, but we no longer use it, is to purchase a seed growing kit from Home Depot. These have a little plastic tray that goes on top that will keep the humidity up on the seeds and allow them to germinate more quickly. It is a sort of mini greenhouse. It's best to just keep these inside your home in a dark room until they sprout so that the temperature is not affected by the evening chill.
3) We now grow some varieties of our peppers hydroponically. This is the easiest and most cost-effective way to germinate peppers yielding the highest germination rates. To germinate peppers this way we use Rockwool cubes. These cubes can then be transplanted to larger Rockwool cubes to continue growing them hydroponically or they can be placed directly in soil. Our germination rates using these cubes are over 99%! Check out the photos on this listing to see how we germinate pepper plants in Rockwool cubes in our new germination rooms at the Sonoran Spice Hydroponic Warehouse.
Once the seeds sprout, you should wait until 2 tiny leaves appear before transplanting them into soil.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Good luck and happy growing!
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Carolina Reaper Baked Chicken Wings
What size container should you use to grow reaper peppers?
We start with Root Riot pods that you can find on Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot etc. We place 108 pods inside of a standard grow start kit tray without the dividers. We flip the pods upside down and poke a hole in the bottom for the seeds. We do this in order to fit more inside of each tray. We then cover them and use grow lights you can also find on Amazon. Especially this time of year when it is too cold to plant directly into soil. Once they get too big for the tray cover we transfer them into 4x4 pots. When they begin to outgrow the pots (we take one out of the pot and looks to see if there are excessive roots against the pot walls, we transfer them to gallon containers. The final step from our germination room is moving them out to the farms. Hope this helps!
What's the best way for growing these in Phoenix? Can they be grown outdoors here? If so, when should seeds be started?
Yes, it is possible to grow them outdoors in Phoenix. You will want to make sure your soil drains well. You can mix a small amount of sand with your soil to achieve this. You will also want to make sure you do not overwater them. If their growth stunts, you are likely overwatering them. You will want to plant them after the last freeze which usually occurs in February. For the plants to thrive, you will want to make sure the nightime low temp is greater than 60 degrees. In May and June you will want to use 50/50 shade to protect them from the sun. Once the monsoon hits, your plants will experience considerable growth due to the increase in humidity. They are tropical plants afterall. You will likely be able to get 2-3 harvests before the temps drop in November. Once they do, you will begin to lose all the leaves. At that point you should prune the plants. Most of our plants do well the first 2 years if they survive hard freezes and direct sun exposure. The 3rd year is a stuggle. Making sure to cover them when the temps fall into the 30's is crucial if you want to keep them alive. An alternative is to plant them in pots and move them indoors for the winter and move them into shady areas during the summer. Hope this helps.