Chilli Pepper 'Moruga Scorpion'

Capsicum chinense 'Trinidad Moruga Scorpion'

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A close up of a red chilli fruit hanging from a Chilli 'Moruga Scorpion' plant. Image taken by Candide user Chilli_man
Capsicum chinense 'Trinidad Moruga Scorpion' is an easy to grow, low-maintenance plant. It is one of the hottest peppers in the world (currently ranked 2nd) with a Scoville heat measurement of 1.2 million. This native of Trinidad and Tobago can be grown in containers, provided they receive enough sunlight and water.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest within 60-100 days of planting. Peppers will change from green to red as they ripen. Wait until the fruits are a good size before cutting them off with shears or a sharp knife with some stem attached. The longer you leave them on the hotter the peppers will become.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds indoors in Spring or Summer, 30-40 cm apart on the soil surface and cover with 3 mm of soil or vermiculite. Germination takes 2-10 weeks or longer in cold weather. Transplant when true leaves form after the 2 juvinile leaves.

Special features

Crop rotation

Moruga Scorpion is a medium to heavy feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients.

Pot plant

Moruga Scorpion can be grown in containers, provided they receive enough sunlight and water.

Special features

Origin

Central and South America, Brazil and Mexico

Natural climate

Warm to hot

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The peppers and seeds are edible and are often used to make spicy sauces, stews, casseroles, and curries.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Aphids, slugs, pill bugs, root rot, and leafminers. Humid weather can cause fungal diseases like leafspot.

Companion plants

Tomatoes, basil, beetroot, lettuce, carrots, celery, radish, sweetcorn
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