PEPPER HOT, Ghost (Bhut Jolokia)

Pepper Ghost

Pepper Ghost (Photo credit: Asit K Ghosh)

This legendary variety is one of the world’s hottest peppers coming in at an astonishing, tongue-melting 855,000 to 1,000,000 Scoville units. To put that into perspective, a jalepeno is just 2,500 to 10,000 Scoville units. As you first taste these brilliant red peppers, you get an intense sweet chilli flavour that is rather tasty. The heat springs up after around 30-40 seconds and can linger for up to 30 minutes.

Ghost peppers are a naturally occuring chili hybrid originating from the northeastern part of India. They thrive in heat and humid conditions and will grow to be rather tall plants. Depending on the pollinator population in your area, you may need to pollinate by hand.

Maturity160 days
Height18-48 inches (46-122 cm)
Spacing36 inches (91 cm)
LightFull sun
SoilRich, organic and well draining.
pH Range6.2-6.5
WateringModerate and even moisture to get the plant established and until fruit sets, then less as fruit matures.
FertilizingBalanced fertilizer at the time of planting. Once blooms start to form, side dress the plant every 2 to 4 weeks with a potassium-rich fertilizer.
Nutrients RequiredNitrogen = moderate, Phosphorus = high, Potassium = high

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