Chilli Carolina Reaper (Limited Stock – Handle seeds with caution)
Chilli Carolina Reaper CAUTION – not for the faint hearted! This Chilli has the name of the reaper for a reason. The hottest Chili in the world for some time (the Guinness book of world records measures the chilli at 1.569.300 Scoville units).
The Carolina Reaper is approximately 460 to 1000 times hotter than a Jalapeno. The taste is often described as fruity sweet with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate.
The plant can grow up to a height of 150 cm and 120 cm wide. The fruit has an average length between 2.2 and 8 cm including the thorn and a width of 2.5 up to 8 cm as well.
I recommend adding some black plastic on top of the soil at planting to keep soil temperatures higher. This really helps in a cool climate.
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (early November in cool climate). Can start earlier if planting in a hot house. Lay black plastic on ground and plant into an X cut-out if planting outside. They need consistent warmth in Tasmania. Germination is slow so be patient, and use perlite in your potting mix to ensure adequate drainage.
Spacing – 60-80cm.
Capsicum fruits have been a part of human diets since about 7,500 BC, and are one of the oldest cultivated crops in the Americas, as origins of cultivating chili peppers are traced to east-central Mexico some 6,000 years ago. They were one of the first self-pollinating crops cultivated in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 30 C (around 10 to 20 days to germination, longer at lower temps)
Treated Seed. (97% germination rate)