The Carolina Reaper Pepper has been ranked amongst the hottest peppers on the planet! Coming in between 1.5 Million and 2.2 Million Scoville Units, these little devils are sure to knock your socks off. Aside from the heat, this variety features a wonderful flavor with an almost fruity and sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and cherry. The bushy 5′ tall plants are very prolific and will produce tons of small 2 1/2″ fiery red fruits with small scythe-shaped tails and rough bumpy skin when mature. The Carolina Reaper is perfect for adding to hot sauces, salsas, chili and can be dehydrated and used for chili flakes. Not for the faint of heart, these extremely hot peppers will be sure to make not only a surprising addition to your spiciest recipes but a great conversation piece in your garden! Capsicum Chinense. 100-120 Days To Maturity.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at the bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seeds. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Carolina Reaper Pepper Planting Information
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4”
Seed Spacing: 12-18”
Row Spacing: 2-4’
Days to Maturity: 100-120
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