Red Hot Chili Pepper

Capsicum annuum

Sprouts in: 7 - 21 days
Enjoy for: 90 - 120 days
Plant is edible!
Grows best at: 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F)
Heat on Scoville scale: 80000

  • Red Hot Chili Pepper fruits have a heat level of up to 80 000 on Scoville heat units.
  • You can speed up the germination process by raising the temperature to 79°F (26°C).
  • If multiple seeds germinate in each pod, leave one seedling to grow per plant pod to ensure enough space and nutrients for the plant to grow.
  • Do not not cut or prune your Red Hot Chili Pepper plant before fruiting - it will form flowers and fruits at the top of the plant.
  • Once your plant is flowering, it needs to be pollinated by hand. Do this by gently shaking your plant to carry pollen from one blossom to the next.
  • Red Hot Chili Pepper fruits ripen from white/purple to a bright red colour approximately 12 weeks after they are planted.
  • Warning! The leaves and seeds of the Red Hot Chili Pepper can be hot too. It is always a good precaution to wash your hands after touching the chili plant. It is also best to avoid touching your eyes or other sensitive body parts after handling chilies.

Fun facts!

  • Red Hot Chili Pepper pods have a heat level of up to 80 000 on Scoville heat units. It is the hottest chili available today by Click and Grow.
  • The Scoville scale is a measurement of the heat of chili peppers, created by American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville in 1912. First it was an organoleptic test, now it is measured by using liquid chromatography.
  • Capsaicin, a component which gives chili its signature heat, is produced by the plant to defend itself against predators and microbes.
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