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Are you ready to grow some seriously hot peppers? How about a batch of Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers? In 2012, the Guinness book of World Records officially named the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper as the world’s hottest pepper!

Exactly how hot is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper? To put the pepper’s extreme hotness into perspective, its rating on the Scoville Heat Scale can be compared with other common peppers. A Jalapeno pepper, which many of us have sampled, rates between 3,500-8,000 Scoville heat units. Habanero chilies, which are significantly hotter than Jalapenos, have a ranking between 100,000-350,000 Scoville heat units. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper, however, has a Scoville heat ranking of between 1,500,000-2,000,000 plus units! 2,000,000 Scoville units is the equivalent of military-grade pepper spray! Damn that’s one hot pepper!

This is a fun and exciting project that practically anyone can do! It's as simple as planting, watering, and harvesting! Additionally, this is an inexpensive project to undertake. The required seeds are available online for approximately $5 and the remaining equipment can be easily obtained from local stores.

The following steps will guide you in an intuitive fashion through the four phases of this project: germinating the seeds, planting the seeds, plant growth, and harvesting.

WARNING!!! I am not kidding when I say that these peppers and their seeds are hot! It is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO WEAR LATEX GLOVES WHEN HANDELING THE SEEDS OR THE PEPPERS. If your skin comes into contact with any part of the plant or its fruit, WASH AREA EXCESSIVELY WITH SOAP!

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Step 1: Supplies Needed

Picture of Supplies Needed
1. Small (approximately 12Oz) Styrofoam cup.
2. Potting soil.
3. Paper towel.
4. Plastic container.
5. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper seeds.
6. Latex gloves
Amonynos.11 months ago

ALWAYS wear gloves, but you're holding three of them in this picture in your bare hand.... :)

I thought the same

A.J.D4 months ago

Have been growing the triidad moruga scorpion as part of our farm's business efforts for some time. Wanted to add to this tutorial that heat will greatly improve the speed and rate of germination. They live it up around 80 deg. f, but simple things like putting them on top of a refrigerator or hot water heater can also help.

Much information on the pepper here;

DaveM39 months ago

I used a Jiffy Greenhouse tray that can hold up to 72 peat pucks. I only used 30 puck 15 Moruga & 15 Butch T I only lost a couple it work great just hydrate the puck & place one seed in the center & place the clear cover on until it germinates then prop open 1/2" until they no longer fit under the cover. I started them in March but it was a cold spring so they grow slowly I did not even transfer them into a plastic pot, at 6" I gave most to friends & put the rest into the ground it continued into a cold summer we only had 2 90°F days. I started getting blooms in late Aug. When it got cold in Sept. I put them in pots & place in a large window in the basement I now have about 30+ fruit & just pick my first one. We like make hot pickles by take a jar of plank style dill pickle & chopping up one pepper into it then reseal it & shake it up. In a couple of hour it is already hot & gets better day by day. We use it burgers, brats &roast beef sandwiches (yum) When finished with the jar don't throw away the juice use it to cook your meat (burgers & more) in it. Next year I'm starting in Feb.

Altidarum11 months ago

hi, i have a dude.. if my seeds are on 80 F° and suddenly down at 53 F°, it will die? thats cause i put a plastic container on a light and the heat dry the water, then i putted some cold water on it... have i hope? :C

danny.newlon11 months ago

They are initially green. Then they turn orange. Next they turn red when they are ready. Sometimes a pepper will be part green and part red, but usually it eventually turns entirely red.

mtx1000d11 months ago

Are they green when they first bloom and turn to red? I have at least 20 peppers sprouted right now.
Any tips on fertilization during this period? Thanks.

Camkurst1 year ago

Currently working on this. How big should the sprouts be before putting the peppers in styrofoam cups? Sorry for the idiot question. Thanks.

as soon as you see the tap root emerging from the seed in the paper towel they're ready for soil make sure the soil is moist while planting the newly germinated seeds dry soil seems to shock them more and as a result growth will slow for a week or two. I grew some of these last year and they are something else different from any other pepper plant I've ever grown and man they are hot. good luck and happy growing

Barb371 year ago

I have a black thumb, so am at a disadvantage right off the start! I can sure use steering in the right direction for buying authentic, non-hybrid seeds. Might you please post [or PM me] your seed-source? Your pepper pictures look cook-book-ready!

sujistar1 year ago
For making its pickle please check:
jmiers11 year ago
clubber1 year ago
i just remembered a video about this pepper. two guys were wearing gas masks to prepare a sauce for a contest.
so i can't imagine eating this:)