The Carolina Reaper aka HP22B Pepper

According to recent comments by Pepper Joe the Carolina Reaper, also known as the HP22B, will be announced via press releases on Labor Day 2012. The Carolina Reaper was grown / created by Ed Currie.

Carolina Reaper seeds
will go on sale that day and according to Joe Puckerbutt Pepper Company and Pepper Joe’s will be the exclusive seed vendors.

Since news of the Carolina Reaper (named via a contest) first broke there have been some interesting discussions, skepticism and disagreements. Everything from testing methods to lineage has been questioned and the scrutiny was heightened given the timing of some of the discussions was right on the heels on the moruga scorpion claiming to have set new heat records.

Since I last posted about the Carolina Reaper / HP22B a few other people have given them a try.

Lastly, here are links to other articles and discussions about the Carolina Reaper / HP22B pepper. Enjoy!

HP22B Information
Is the HP22B the new hottest pepper in the world?
HP22B and Primo
Michigan Chris eats HP22B
Smokin’ Ed Talks Peppers With Chili Heads
HP22B AKA the Carolina Reaper Pepper New rolls out
Interview With Ed Currie of Pucker Butt Pepper Company
Where to Buy Carolina Reaper Seeds
Is locally grown “Carolina Reaper” the world’s hottest pepper?
Carolina Reaper
HP22B alias Carolina Reaper next World Hottest Chili?
World’s Hottest Chile Pepper? – HP22B Edition
Pepper Joe Claims a New Hottest Pepper is Coming
The World’s HOTTEST Pepper: Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper
Press Release : The PuckerButt Pepper Company Announces the World’s Hottest Pepper
Review of the HP22B Chile Pepper AKA Carolina Reaper, a Contender for the Hottest Chile Pepper in the World
Carolina Reaper (HP22B) Community Grow
New Hottest Chile…Carolina Reaper?

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Yellow Bhut Jolokia 2012 Grow Part 2

As I mentioned in part 1 of my yellow bhut grow post I’m on a quest for the perfect yellow bhut this year and am growing yellow bhuts from 3 different sources. Despite a slow start to the pepper growing season this year due to drought and excessive heat things are starting to progress nicely now that the heat wave seems to have passed.

First up in today’s update are a few yellow bhut pod and plant pictures from seeds provided by Spicegeist. I’m growing 3 plants from this seed. One of them just started ripening red but the other two look one great. One plant in particular is showing all of the characteristics I’m looking for. Large gnarly looking yellow pods. This was one of the first pods to appear and is being processed today for seeds:


The plant is putting out pretty consistent looking pods too:


Next up we have some ripe pod pic from the yellow bhut seeds I received from BigT. I have two of these plants plants going. The plants are heavy producers and taste/heat is still TBD but for the most part the pods are coming in smoother and somewhat smaller than what I’m looking for.


Lastly here’s a picture of a pod that’s starting to ripen on the sole plant I have growing from cmpman1974. The pods look similar to the pods from Spicegeist only a little smaller and at least for now, kind of orange looking. This plant has been growing a little slower than the others too.


I’ll post another update in week or two after there’s more pods ripe and the plants are bigger.

2012 Yellow Bhut Update Posts
Yellow Bhut Jolokia 2012 Grow Part 1

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Peach Bhut Jolokia Grow 2012 Part 2

My peach bhut jolokias are starting to ripen. I have two peach bhut plants. One of them grew quickly and produced an early round of pods. Those are the ones that are ripening and pictured here. The second plant is about 1/2 the size and just starting to set pods now that the temperatures are getting down in the 70’s at night. It has a ton of buds/flowers so unless there’s a lot of flower drop it should be a heavy producer later in the season. Overall very happy with this bhut strain so far.

I located the thread where I first saw the pictures of the peach bhut and decided I wanted to grow them.

2012 Peach Bhut Update Posts
Peach Bhut Jolokia Grow 2012 Part 1
Peach Bhut Jolokia Grow 2012 Part 3

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Caramel Bhut Jolokia 2012 Grow Part 1

In the 2011 growing season I found what I’m calling the caramel bhut jolokia growing in my garden. I had a number of chocolate bhut jolokias growing and they all looked the same except for one plant. That plant had bright green pods and ripened not quite red and not quite chocolate…more of a caramel color. I sent the seeds out to a number of growers and am also growing 5 plants of my own this season. So far of the 5 I have growing one looks like it’s growing true (unripe pods pictured above), one appears to not be growing true and it’s too early to tell for the other three, none of them have pods yet.

As I mentioned I sent seeds to a number of growers and some of them have been posting pictures online. Here are links to threads/pictures I am aware of. Some of these all full blown “grow logs” so you may have to scroll through a few pages to see the caramel bhut pictures. If you’re growing this from seeds I sent or seeds you received from someone else I’d love to know about it, free to post in the comments below.

Free Caramel Bhut Seeds
CMPMAN1974 – 2012 Grow Log
Patricks 2012 Grow Log
Mills 2012 Glog
Chiligrower/McHottie 2012 Season

Thanks to everyone for growing these!

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How and When to Water Pepper Plants

One of the most common problems people have while growing peppers is over watering. Pepper plants need a lot less water than people think and regardless of whether the pepper plant is growing in a pot, raised bed or directly in the ground too much water is one of the worst things you can do to your plants. Over watering can stunt growth, washes away nutrients and invites pests and disease.

If you are growing your peppers in pots you will need to water much more frequently than if you were growing them in the ground. As a general rule you should water when the plants are wilting, but, make sure it’s not just due to excessive heat. When it’s very hot…say 95 degrees+ pepper plants in the direct sun may wilt during the day. This is normal and is just the plants way of reducing the surface area exposed to the sun to help keep it cool. When I grow in pots before I water I like to see some non sun related wilt and I check the pot to make sure it’s bone dry. Often while growing peppers in pots the top of the soil is dry but the bottom is mud. This can happen very easily especially if the pot does not have great drainage. If the pot is completely dry and there’s a little non sun related wilt (best time to check is earlier in the morning or in the evening when the plants are not in direct sun) I give each pot a good soaking. I like to see just a little bit of water coming out of the bottom. Too much and you just wash out your nutrients so soak them but not to excess.

If your pepper plants are growing in raised beds or in the ground a lot of the same rules apply. The main difference is you will find that you need to water much less frequently than when growing in pots. It’s not unusual for me to water my plants in pots every day – sometimes even twice – vs my plants in raised beds that can at times go for weeks in a row without water. When watering my plants in ground/beds I give them a long soaking to really get the soil 6+ inches deep really wet. Infrequent deep watering encourages deep roots which leads to plants that can go longer without water.

If you have any questions or comments about watering peppers feel free to leave them below.

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