Pepper Bhut Jolokia

This pepper is an extremely hot, elongated Habanero type with 2 to 3 inch long pods with medium thick flesh that matures from green to orange to red.

The Guinness Book of Records lists the variety as the hottest chili known, rating it up to 1,001,304 Scoville Units.

Handle with caution! We recommend wearing gloves and a dust or pollen mask when working with or around these plants.

Packet app. 30 seeds. $3.00

From the CPI site.

“The Chile Pepper Institute is a research-based, international non-profit organization devoted to education, research, and archiving information related to Capsicum. The institute is dedicated to educating the world about the wonders of chili peppers.”  More information about the institute can be found at

There’s been some controversy over this pepper; some say that the testing (done by three different labs) was hoaxed and nothing could top one million Scoville.  But, the Chile Pepper Institute, run by New Mexico State University, ran tests in 2005, and yes, it was rated over 1,000,000 Scoville.

Germination: Maintain a constant 80-90F degree temperature.

Bhut Jolokia can take as long as 40 days for germination.

Plants grow 3-4 feet tall by 3 feet wide.

These plants like to spread and have brittle branches. Plant them in rows 5-6 feet apart. Spacing between plants should be 16-18 inches so they can support each other.

Use fresh or dried whenever you want EXTREME HEAT!

Late season fruiting. Harvest when fully ripe.

More details on growing the Bhut Jolokia including Questions About the Official World’s Hottest Chile Pepper



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