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How To Grow Carolina Reaper Pepper From Seed

How To Grow Carolina Reaper Pepper From Seed

Figuring out how to grow Carolina Reaper Peppers from seed is a relatively straightforward process. Whether you’re doing it from seeds you have saved, or seeds you’ve bought, with the right preparation you should achieve success. It just requires a degree of patience as the […]

How To Save Carolina Reaper Seeds To Plant

How To Save Carolina Reaper Seeds To Plant

If you’re a fan of growing super hot chili peppers then you have to know how to save Carolina Reaper seeds. Once you know this, you’ll become self-sufficient with your chili growing and be able to start your own super hot seed bank. It’s ridiculously […]

Pickled Habaneros And Onion In Kombucha

Pickled Habaneros And Onion In Kombucha

I had the fortune of discovering a massive batch of habaneros on special at the local grocery store over the weekend. With my habanero plants still a few months away from maturity, I figured I should seize upon this spicy opportunity and learn how to preserve and pickle peppers. We had brilliant success with our pickled red onions in kombucha, so I thought I’d extend this across to trying to pickle habaneros in kombucha.

The recipe is very straightforward and involves few ingredients. I’ll report back once the pickling process is complete and share the flavor profile.

Fresh Red Habanero Peppers
Fresh Red Habanero Peppers

Start by slicing your habaneros (and onion) into thin rings.

Finely Sliced Habanero Peppers
Finely Sliced Habanero Peppers

Combine a cup of your fresh homemade kombucha with 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp mustard seeds and 1 tsp black pepper.

Fresh Jar of Homemade Kombucha
Fresh Jar of Homemade Kombucha

Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes, then pour over the habaneros and onions in a jar. Let cool before sealing the lid and placing in the fridge.

Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha
Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha

Looks delicious already, doesn’t it?

Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha
Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha

Depending on the mixture, one should wait around 2 to 3 weeks before the pickling starts to take a pronounced effect. Of course you can consume it immediately, but those that wait longer will be rewarded with a better flavor profile.

Basil Leaves Turning Yellow And Dying? Basil Downy Mildew!

Basil Leaves Turning Yellow And Dying? Basil Downy Mildew!

Today marks a sad, sad, truly gut-wrenching day in the history of my garden. It appears the Basil Downy Mildew (BDM) has reared its ugly head and spread throughout my basil plants faster than Usain Bolt in Berlin. The worst thing about this disease is […]

How To Grow Bird’s Eye Chili Peppers From Seed

How To Grow Bird’s Eye Chili Peppers From Seed

Bird’s Eye Chili Peppers can be notoriously difficult to germinate from seed. Funnily enough, they germinate best after being consumed by a bird and having gone through the entire digestive process. This in effect prepares the seed for germination by weakening the shell of the seed as Bird’s Eye Chilis have a very tough exterior shell. Left to germinate without any assistance, you might find that the seeds will have a very long germination window, but something can be done to help them.

In order to shorten the germination time of Bird’s Eye Chili seeds, you should soak the seeds in warm water for around 6 – 8 hours before planting. This should be sufficient time to weaken the seed shell.

The first time I planted Bird’s Eye Chilis (before I realised to soak them) I waited around 5 weeks for them to germinate and saw nothing. Not a single one. I scratched my head wondering why my seeds weren’t germinating and turned to the internet to find out. I’ve just recently soaked my new chilli seeds and planted them. I’ll keep you updated on the progress and hopefully I end up with a bowl full like this.

Bowl Full Of Birds Eye Chilli Peppers
Bowl Full Of Birds Eye Chilli Peppers
How I Built A Solar Powered Hydroponic System At Home For Cheap

How I Built A Solar Powered Hydroponic System At Home For Cheap

I’d been working up to building a hydroponic system at home for a few months now and with the success of my solar powered, fully automated irrigation system, I realised it would be simple enough to combine the two into a hydroponic set up. I’ve […]

How To Grow Super Hot Peppers (Chillies) From Seed

How To Grow Super Hot Peppers (Chillies) From Seed

Growing hot peppers indoors from seed is an immensely enjoyable experience. Particularly once you have an established plant that provides the spice of Satan’s stick hot peppers on demand. There’s a few things you can do and that should be considered best practises when starting super […]

Indian Army Develops Diabolical Chilli Grenade From Bhut Jolokia

Indian Army Develops Diabolical Chilli Grenade From Bhut Jolokia

In a savage move, the Indian army has developed a grenade that comprises of ground Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) chilli. For those of you not in the know, the Ghost Pepper measures at around 1,041,427 Scoville Units. To give that a comparison you’ll understand – it’s about 200 times hotter than a jalapeño chilli pepper. It was once the Guiness World Record holder as the hottest chilli to ever exist, but that was back in 2007 and these days we have the Carolina Reaper to fear.

India have developed the chilli weaponry in a move to combat terrorism. Research has indicated that the chilli grenade is a highly effective non-toxic weapon that can blind and render people seriously impaired for hours. Hour upon hour of gruelling interstinal contorting pain.

Scientists who developed the grenade were quoted as saying:

“The effect is so pungent, it would literally choke them.”

It has a shape that even strikes fear into the heart of every chilli loving man and woman on the planet.

Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper
Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper

Check out the best videos of people who probably temporarily lost the desire to live after experiencing the heat.

Old mate:

Young mate:

Then this lady tries to eat 60 of them in one sitting with some chef I’ve never heard of:

Easy Method To Making Haloumi In Under 1 Hour

Easy Method To Making Haloumi In Under 1 Hour

Haloumi is the best cheese of all time. Hands down. Without a doubt. And if you disagree with me, well you wouldn’t have clicked on this page in the first place, would you? To make haloumi you’ll need the following ingredients: 2L Full cream unhomogenised […]


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Figuring out how to grow Carolina Reaper Peppers from seed is a relatively straightforward process. Whether you’re doing it from seeds you have saved, or seeds you’ve bought, with the right preparation you should achieve success. It just requires a degree of patience as the Carolina Reaper seeds can be notoriously slow to germinate. It’s usually best to start germination of the seeds indoors as you have greater control over temperature and humidity.

Options for germination:

  1. Using a disposable plastic cup
  2. Mini Greenhouse
  3. Germination in a ziplock bag with moist paper

Handling Instructions

Always wear gloves when handling the seeds when sowing, picking fruit or any other direct contact.

Germination

I’m currently testing the three methods of germination for Carolina Reaper seeds. I’m looking to discover which is the most successfull in terms of reliability and speed of germination for the seeds.

Sow the seeds a maximum of 5mm deep. This is to prevent the plants from dying before making it through the surface of the soil. In order to get a more accurate sowing depth, you can pre-water the soil this will force it to compact and settle such that future waterings will not disturb the soil as much and displace the seed.

Transplanting

Reapers can be transplanted once they reach a size of around 6 inches.

Need to use a minimum size of 20L or 5 gallons for pot sizes. Don’t go below this because it will affect the size and bounty of your chilli harvest. You will find the plant becomes much more prolific as you increase the pot size and let the roots expand.

If sowing in the ground then the plants enjoy a till and furrow planting configuration whereby you have a series of ridges and valleys. Sow the plant in the ridge, the valley provides good drainage. Anecdotal reports have suggested that growing in the ground also provides chillis with more flavour than their pot ridden counterparts, but this is entirely subjective.

Fertalising

According to one source, the best fertalizer for Carolina Reapers is a 5-10-5 or 10-10-10 fertaliser, with an aged manuer being the best fertaliser around (go for horse manure).

Picking Fruit

Carolina Reapers can be picked from a green colour to a deep red. If you’re looking for that fully developed flavour and heat intensity, then it is ideal to let them fully develop into the red colour and back off watering during fruiting – this will increase the capsaicin content, but also result in smaller pods. Up to you!

My experiment:

DAY 1

No signs of germination. It’s still early days. Mini greenhouse measures soil temp of 30 degrees Celsius and air temp of 28 degrees Celsius, humidity is at 99%. Ambient house temperature is stable around 23 degrees Celsius.

DAY 20

The first Carolina Reaper has sprouted from the mini greenhouse. Still no sign from either the ziplock bag or the plastic cup approach.

DAY 35

Still only the single Carolina Reaper in the greenhouse has germinated. The seeds in the ziplock bag started to go mouldy. I’ve removed these and given up on this method. I’m wondering if the other seeds have been sown too deep and were not able to break through the surface. There has been consistent control over temperature and humidity, so these aren’t likely to be issues. I will wait for another 2 – 3 weeks before taking a look at what the seeds are doing. There’s also a chance that some were not viable.

For a fantastic resource check out Peppers By Mail.

DAY 155

I’ve given each of the methods another go (I was heading into winter so plenty of time to play around) and have found that the ziplock bag was the best method. I think the seeds didn’t grow the first time round because they were either unviable or they were just too dry.

I still made mistakes this time around though – transplanting the seeds from the moist paper into a container is very tricky. It’s easy to damage the tiny roots and I’ve noticed it seems to put a halt to the plants growth for some time. With some TLC and proper care the plants recover. What I’m thinking is the best option is to make small squares of tissue and place the seeds inside these. Once the roots have appeared, then transplant the tissue and seed directly into the pot without trying to remove the seed. This will save you from damaging the root system and should hopefully get the plant growing bigger quicker.

My strongest Carolina Reaper has a couple of leaves now and is looking healthy with dark green. I’ll add a couple pictures in the coming weeks.