Bhut Jolokia (Capsicum sinense) in the Peppers Database

Common names:
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Heredity: Open Pollinated
History: Often called "Ghost Pepper"
Country of Origin: India

Data specific to Peppers (Edit)
General Type: Other: Sinense
Pepper Shape: Tapered
Fruit Length: 2 - 3 inches
Fruit Width at Shoulders: 1 - 1.5 inches
Fruit Ripening Color Sequence: Green to Orange to Red
Days to First Harvest and Maturity: 100 - 120 Color not specified
Wall Thickness: Thin
Scoville Heat Units (approximate SHU): 800,000 - 1,040,000
Heat: Ultra Hot >300K SHU

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: average around 2 feet but can grow as high as 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Propagation: Seeds: Provide darkness
Needs specific temperature
Days to germinate: 5 - 20 days depending on soil temperature
Depth to plant seed: 1/4"
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Preferred depth: 12" minimum for good anchorage

Various stages of fruit color: green, orange, orange/red, red

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Photo gallery:
Location: MoonDance Farm, NCDate: 2012-10-30Various stages of fruit color: green, orange, orange/red, red
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Location: all photos from my gardens
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: 10/20/19Grown in a pot on the patio. Did nicely and we got a good harvest
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: 5/10/19
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Date: 2017-07-29
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Location: From Test gardenDate: 2014-09-04
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 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
By Joy
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Date: 2017-07-15
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Location: North Branch, MNDate: 2018-07-26
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: Grown in a pot on the patio.
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Date: 2017-07-02Ghost pods
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Posted by Horseshoe (Efland, NC - Zone 7a) on Nov 11, 2012 10:42 AM

Bhut Jolokia (a.k.a. "Ghost Peppers") was considered the hottest available until 2009 when Trinidad Scorpion was proven to be higher on the Scoville scale.

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Posted by DanCarmona (Fort Wayne, Indiana - Zone 5a) on Nov 12, 2012 11:46 AM

Bhut Jolokia
Capsicum: .Chinense
Origin: .India
PI: .
Scoville units: .1,041,427
Blossom end shape: .pointed
Fruit position and shape: .pendant, elongate
Fruit size and color: .3¼ "x 1 ¾" green > red
Calyx shape: .saucer shaped, toothless
Flower: .stellate, small, bell-shaped
Petals/Spots: .white/none
Filament color: .white
Anther color: .blue
Habit: . small, usually low bush
Stem: .smooth
Leaves: .large, uneven
Germ. Time: .3 wk. >.3 mo.
Maturity: . 95 days
Plant height: .24 > 36"
Taste: .
This landrace chile originates from the northeast of India, particularly Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. It belongs to Capsicum chinense family and is known by many names in the different Indian provinces.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 12, 2020 Seeds sown
piksihk On October 26, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
2 peppers are dried;
piksihk On June 27, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
p1mkw On March 14, 2010 Plant emerged
p1mkw On March 7, 2010 Seeds sown
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