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Organic Ghost Pepper Seeds

Organic Ghost Pepper Seeds

Seed Type: Heirloom

Life Cycle Annual

Planting Season Warm Season

Growth Habit Multi-Branching, Upright

Plant Characteristics Easy to Grow & Maintain

UseContainer Garden, Culinary

Growing Conditions Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Outdoor

Plant Resistance Deer


Planting Season Warm Season

Sowing Method Direct Sow, Start Indoors

Light Requirement Full Sun

Planting Depth 1/4 inch

Plant Spacing 12 to 18 inches

Water Needs Average

Hardiness Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Planting and growing Bhut Jolokia, also known as Ghost pepper, can be a rewarding but somewhat challenging experience due to its high heat levels. Here are step-by-step instructions to help you successfully plant and grow Bhut Jolokia seeds:

1. Gather Supplies:

  • Bhut Jolokia seeds (purchase from a reputable source)
  • Seed starting mix or a well-draining potting mix
  • Small pots or seed trays
  • Plastic wrap or a humidity dome
  • Watering can or spray bottle
  • Plant markers
  • Grow lights or a sunny windowsill

2. Start Indoors:

  • Bhut Jolokia seeds can be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost in your area. Ghost peppers require warm temperatures to germinate, so a controlled environment is essential.

3. Seed Starting Mix:

  • Fill small pots or seed trays with a high-quality seed starting mix. This mix provides the right balance of nutrients and drainage for seedlings.

4. Planting Seeds:

  • Plant the Bhut Jolokia seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil. Place 2-3 seeds per pot to increase the chances of successful germination. Cover the seeds lightly with soil.

5. Provide Warmth:

  • Ghost pepper seeds need warm conditions to germinate. Place the pots in a warm location or use a seed starting heat mat to maintain a temperature of around 75-85°F (24-29°C).

6. Maintain Moisture:

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. You can mist the surface with a spray bottle to avoid disturbing the seeds. Use a plastic wrap or a humidity dome to create a greenhouse effect until the seeds germinate.

7. Germination:

  • Bhut Jolokia seeds may take 2-3 weeks to germinate. Once the seedlings emerge, remove the plastic wrap or dome.

8. Provide Light:

  • Place the seedlings under grow lights or on a sunny windowsill. Bhut Jolokia plants need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. If using artificial lights, keep them 2-3 inches above the seedlings.

9. Transplanting:

  • When the seedlings have grown a few inches tall and have developed several sets of leaves, transplant them into larger pots or directly into the garden if the outdoor conditions are suitable.

10. Outdoor Planting:

  • Ghost peppers prefer warm climates. If planting outdoors, wait until all danger of frost has passed. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil.

11. Watering and Fertilizing:

  • Water the plants consistently, keeping the soil evenly moist. Once the plants are established, you can water less frequently. Fertilize with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks.

12. Pruning:

  • Pinch back the tips of the plants when they are around 6-8 inches tall to encourage bushier growth. This also helps in fruit production.

13. Harvesting:

  • Bhut Jolokia peppers typically mature 90-120 days after planting. Harvest the peppers when they have reached their full size and have turned red. Be sure to wear gloves when handling Ghost peppers due to their extreme heat.

By following these instructions, you should be able to successfully plant and grow Bhut Jolokia or Ghost peppers from seeds. Remember to be patient, as these peppers can take some time to germinate and mature.



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