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Ghost Pepper Plants: Environment needs

Ghost pepper plants have claimed the crown of the hottest pepper plant in the world, because of this it makes them one of the most difficult pepper plants to grow. In order for ghost pepper plants to grow they must have the right combination of humidity and heat to concoct the spicy flavor of the ghost peppers. The natural environment in which the ghost pepper plants grow is India. The natural climate of India allows the ghost pepper plants to sprout correctly within the damp soil that should have a temperature 75 to 90 degrees F with direct sun light. The ghost pepper plants should be watered on a regular basis but have a happy median of damp to moist, but not swampy. Growing a ghost pepper requires patient of the planter, because it takes 35 days alone for the ghost pepper seeds to begin growing, I repeat, that is 35 days of staring at dirt before you ever know if you have truly began growing a ghost pepper plant. Ghost pepper plants are rather unpredictable, they vary in size and the amount of peppers produced per plant.

Ghost pepper seeds

A couple of things to consider when growing ghost pepper seeds. Begin grwoing your ghost pepper seeds inside for about 8 to 10 weeks. Northern climates should start 12 to 14 weeks before planting outside. Stay away from pot soil, use a light, healthy draining soil like peat moss or peat based soil. Just keep the soil moist, not sopping wet during the 35 weeks of germination. Make sure there is enough exposure to the outdoors to solidify them. If the environment where you are growing them is cold, be sure to give the ghost pepper seeds an advantage using heated lamps overhead and a seed starting mat for underneath temperature. When the ghost pepper seeds have germinated, implant the ghost pepper seed buds two to three inches below the light bulbs overhead. When the weather outside where you are growing the ghost pepper seeds has a consistently warm air and soil temperature, the ghost pepper seedlings outdoors.

Seems like such a hassle, why bother with planting ghost pepper seeds when I can just by the completed product online. The demand for ghost peppers is continually growing, making the finished product much more expensive than the ghost pepper seeds. Unless your pockets are deep it would be better to invest the large amount of time and small amount of money on the ghost pepper seeds, than the large amount of money and small amount of time to obtain the ghost peppers themselves.

Ghost Pepper Plants

Ghost pepper Hot Sauce

One of many Ghost pepper hot sauces to purchase online.
One of many Ghost pepper hot sauces to purchase online.

What makes the Ghost peppers so hot!

The Ghost Pepper named due to the fact that it can nearly kill you if eaten raw, or you will wish you were dead as you sit there white as a ghost. The ghost peppers had been known globally as one of the top 5 hottest peppers. That was until the Guinness book of world records in 2007 made the ghost pepper the hottest pepper in the world. The ghost pepper as it is called by the western world, but its native land of India knows it as the Bhut Jolokia. When the ghost pepper plant is grown in other climates besides India, they should be grown in a hothouse (heated greenhouse). When the conditions are too dry for the ghost pepper plants it tends to decrease the potency of the capsaicin in the peppers. Capsaicin is the chemical produced by most peppers, that give them that spicy flavor.

The color of Ghost Pepper Plants with a touch of hot sauce.

The Ghost pepper, or Bhut Jolokia's have a surface that is bumpy and wrinkled. When growing the ghost peppers color changes from green to orange, then red. Like most pepper plants, the ghost pepper is particularly sensitive to cold. Conditions that are too cold will stunt the growth of the ghost pepper plant. Ghost Peppers , also known as Bhut Jolokia, as well as Naga Jolokia, are best when they come directly from the source in Nagaland, India. Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper Seeds Worlds Hottest Peppers. Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper, Habanero, Piri Piri and other hot peppers. The heat of the ghost pepper has a rating of one million according to the Scoville Heat units scale. Before the ghost pepper the habanero was thought to be the hottest pepper in the world.



Ghost pepper scoville rating

Scoville Chart
Scoville Chart

Ghost pepper challenge

Ghost pepper Challenge

Ghost Pepper Scoville

As you can see from the chart on the right hand side, the ghost pepper rating from Scoville ranks right up there with pepper spray. If you have seen any of the videos posted on the internet of people actually eating ghost peppers then you will notice that almost all of them succumb to the intense heat of the ghost pepper by assuming the fetal position. When it comes to the Scoville rating of the Ghost pepper it is dang near a lethal dose of intensely heated needle action on all 5 human senses.

The Ghost pepper challenge

The ghost pepper challenge involves eating one or more ghost peppers and seeing how long one can stand the intense heat before getting something to drink, most of the time milk. Being that ghost peppers are oil based, water will not quench the fire. Depending on how you look at it, everyone wins the ghost pepper challenge because they don't die. Unless your going head to head to see who needs a drink first, nobody loses the ghost pepper challenge. Basically because nobody dies.

Ghost pepper deaths

Interesting enough, there have been no recorded deaths related to eating a ghost pepper. However, judging by most of the people I have seen eat them, they only wished it was death by ghost pepper, just to stop the pain.


Ghost Pepper Beer

Ghost Face Killah: the ultimate ghost pepper beer
Ghost Face Killah: the ultimate ghost pepper beer

Ghost Pepper Beer

Ghost Face Killah! LOL

What do you get when you combined beer, ghost peppers, and twisted pine brewery? You get Ghost Face Killah, no not the rapper. This beer is the hottest pepper beer you will ever taste, it contains 6 diverse peppers including, Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero and of course the Bhut Jolokia from the ghost pepper plant. You can get this beer seasonally, normally right around Cinco de Mayo, in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Florida, Missouri, Texas and Louisiana.


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Denis 21 months ago

Hmm, thanks guys! Yeah, it is still geitntg chilly at night around here. Well, it gets chilly at night all year long around here. Something about living in the mountains or something I didn't think the peppers minded because their leaves look so healthy, but maybe they are hiding their discomfort. I will see what I can do to make a little plastic house for them.


siobhan 4 years ago

You are one crazy mother-f*cker for eating a ghost pepper!! But quite bloddy brave . Bravo to you!!

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