I am pretty excited to create this thread on the Carolina Reaper chili pepper plant. Seed for this variety were sown at the end of January of 2020. Only one plant has pods and one pod has ripened. I have a total of 3 Carolina Reapers. Carolina Reaper comes in Red and Yellow colors and possible other colors that I have not seen yet. Carolina Reaper is a new variety created by a man named Ed Currie in North Carolina. Its a cross between Red Savina which is a habenero type of Chinense pepper and a Scorpion type of chinense pepper from Trinidad. The pods I have are bumpy skinned and bonnet style with no scorpion stinger. Some photo's you see online show these pods with a tail. This variety is probably not completely stabilized and we know that earlier variety's mostly didn't have the tails. I believe that what I have is authentic Carolina Reaper. They are beautiful plants. Very slow growing and they can be prolific. I actually have 3 plants and only one plant is really making the pods. The other plants are just late to the party and they will produce later. Rick sent me the seed for these plant. Thanx Rick.
There are a couple of duplicate fotos here and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to delete them. I highly recommend trying this variety of superhot pepper. They are beautiful and also they have many good reports on flavor. I haven't tried them as their isn't enough ready yet. They are fairly slow growing but they can be good producers. The pods are gorgeous. Supposedly these are the hottest peppers in the world. My bet is that they are real spicey. Compared to Purple Thunder these plants are not as vigorous or as large. Or, as good of producers. You don't really need a lot of these peppers though. Just a few goes a long way so to speak when you are making hot sauces or spicey chili recipes. The one producing Reaper has about 18 peppers on it and they are good sized. Higher up on the plant it has another layer of blossoms so there will be many more coming. I do not know why the other 2 plants are not producing yet. The seed for the other specimans comes from different Reaper plants so they could be variants that produce later. Super-hots for the most part are new and are not fully stabilized so you get many different types of the same basic plant. I am pretty sure though that these plants are the real deal.
Authentic Carolina Reapers.
Many Thanx goes to Rick for sending me this seed to trial.
Today I harvested that first huge yellow Reaper chili that you see in the foto. Its a beautiful speciman. I have not tasted this pepper yet. I split it open and extracted the seed of which there was a huge core which is the placenta. There was about 30 seeds. So you know, I was wearing surgical gloves to deal with the pepper. The aroma is powerful. The walls of this pepper are thick. Which is unusual to me since I have only been dealing with Bhut Jolokia. Bhuts have very thin walls in general. The Reaper is very juicy with a strong smell. A very citrus ee smell. The smell reminded me of Bhut Orange Copenhagen but stronger. I did not dare taste this pepper. I thru the pepper in the bag of other Bhut Jolokia in the fridge and I will mix it in with them when I process them. I like the reapers much more now. I can tell they are extremely spicey but I don't feel the need to take any nibbles of it today. Eventually I will. The smell by the way is incredible. Now I know a little more about what the big deal is with these peppers. Without a doubt I will continue growing them.
I've been tied up for a bit and just now catching up here. Plants and pods look great Glen, but be careful! They're a tad bit hot lol. And you a quite welcome for the seeds. I'm glad they're doing so well in your climate!
I still have those plants outside. They look tired now. I am keeping them around with hopes that I can coax them to start making new leaves and new blooms. Plants are going on 8 months or so old now. I still get a few pods now and again. Flavor wize, you really have to say that Carolina Reaper is one of the best. I am sure there are others. Flavor is not harsh and they have that nice citrus flavor. Yes, they are extremely spicy. That's the idea isn't it? I highly recommend this variety. Yes, I am sending seed to George and hope he knows that this variety is the best in class right now and a must have in the garden. Pods are so attractive as well. Thick walled pods with lots of juice. When you slice one of these pods open you immediately know that they are spicy but they smell so good. Must have pepper George.
Rick, I fed them the other day. I use water soluble fertilizer. I hadn't been feeding them for awhile because they haven't been doing much. There are 2 plants. They have a lite green color rather than the original dark green colored leaf when the plant was actively growing. I tug on the plant every now and then to see if its anchored in the pot. You know, to test for root rot. The plants still have good strong roots. Its losing some leaves too. It puts on a few blooms now. Not many. Its like the plant is asleep. I plan to keep these fella's around for as long as possible and when they do die, they will be replaced. I saved a lot of seed from them. In fact, I saved seed three times. I screwed up once and all the seed mildewed. Then, I tried drying seed in the toaster oven on real low temperature. That seed may be ok. Then, I saved seed again. All three times it was a lot of seed. I have plenty now. The third time I washed the seed real good and dried it in front of a fan. That's perfect seed. I got a lot of it. I am hoping that the original plants hold over until conditions get better for them so they can go back into a growth cycle. By the way, both plants really produced a lot of peppers already. Hundreds. And, they are huge. They are easy to work with. Slice em in half and the seeds just pop right out. Probably the easiest pepper I have to work with. And, a little goes a long way. The reality is that you don't need many of these plants. A little goes a long way with Carolina Reaper. My problem is that I enjoy growing em so much that I have to have more than just a couple of plants.