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Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper'

Capsicum chinense 'Carolina Reaper'

Also known as

Chilli 'California Reaper'

Mature Carolina Reaper by Magnolia677 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper' Overview

Capsicum chinense 'Carolina Reaper' is an easy to grow, low-maintenance plant. It is the hottest peppers in the world with a Scoville heat measurement of 2 million. It can be grown in containers, provided they receive enough sunlight and water. Developed by Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Co. in South Carolina.

Common problems with Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper'

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

    Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper' Companion Plants

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

    How to harvest Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper'

    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.

    How to propagate Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper'


    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 of Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper'

    Crop rotation

    Carolina Reaper is a medium to heavy feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients.

    Pot plant

    Carolina reaper can be grown in containers, provided they receive enough sunlight and water.

    Other uses of Chilli Pepper 'Carolina Reaper'




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