The Trinidad Scorpion Pepper has held the title of one of the hottest peppers in the world, only coming in second to the Carolina Reaper Pepper. These tiny firecrackers have an average Scoville Unit of over 1.2 Million and feature a smooth bright red skin when fully mature. For the super spicy lovers, once the heat subsides you will find that the fruits have a tender fruity citrus flavor that makes an excellent choice for hot sauces and chili. The Trinidad Scorpion gets its name from the small pointed tip at the bottom of the fruit that resembles the stinger of a scorpion. The robust plants are very prolific and will produce lots of fruits, but can take up to 6 weeks to germinate and need a hot growing season to reach their maximum spicy potential. Capsicum annuum. 100 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.
Trinidad Scorpion 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