Introduction: How to Grow the Worlds HOTTEST Pepper (Ghost Pepper)

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I Understand that the Ghost Pepper is no longer the world's hottest pepper, but it was when ever this Instructable was written. You do not need to remind me in the comments :D. However, these instructions Will work for any other Chili Peppers.

Want something really hot to spice up your food?Or just wanna do somthing plain stupid? Well the Ghost pepper is the right thing for you!The best part is though, if you follow these instructions, you too can grow the ghost pepper!

Step 1: What You Will Need

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You will need:
-Peanut Butter jar
- A pot with the width of the peanut butter jar
-Some sort od utility Knife
-A container that the pot will fit in
-Moderate sunlight
-Seed starting mix of potting soil
-Hot glue gun
-Hot glue
-Plastic Wrap

Step 2: Soak Seeds

Place your seed in in a container of water over night to soften it. Make sure the seed isnt just floating on the top. This means that you may have to break the surface tension, or add a slight amount of weight to make it sink.

Step 3: Plant!

You are now ready to plant! To start, fill your pot with the soil about a centimeter from the top. Next, set the seed on top of the soil and sprinkle with more soil until covered. Now you can spray it with water.

Step 4: Create a "Hot House" Enviroment

The Ghost pepper, Actual name Bhut Jolokia, is native to India, which is a very hot and humid place. This means that we must recreate this enviroment in order to grow it. To do this, we must do several things. First, cut the bottom of the peanut butter jar with the knife. Next, Glue this to the Pot.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

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Now put the plastic wrap on the top, and water only when the soil is a light brown, which is usually about every three days. Set in a warm window. After the plant sprouts in 10-30 days, start watering it by putting the container under the pot and letting the water absorb through the bottom. Again though, only water when needed. So, there you have it! Now that wasn't so hard, was it?

Step 6: Ghost Pepper Growth- the Sprout

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when do I start these plants… I live in wilmington nc. when do I transplant to garden?

did you ever get to start planting those peppers? i just moved to leland and i've got a few growing in pots but these were started elsewhere. i was wondering if you had any tips for this general region.

You can start these whenever you want, as long as they remain humid. They are safe to transplant after the last frost of the winter (for places that actually have a risk of frost)

mwanthony (author)2017-01-18

can i use a grow light instead of a peanut butter jar

TrentD6 (author)2016-10-02

Very nice instructable. I use a similar method to start my Bhut Jolokia seeds. Very effective. The main thing for good germination is, heat which is provided by the jar and the sun of course and moisture. Once you have them going it's not too difficult to keep them alive. I liked this instructable very much.

WallyB1 (author)2015-08-09

Just to be clear, the final step you mention putting the pot over the can so the water can be absorbed from the bottom? What exactly did you mean?

tesla man (author)WallyB12016-03-03

Sorry I didn't see your comment. What I meant was to fill a dish with water and set the pot in it. Since there are holes in the bottom of the pot, the water will "absorb" into the soil above and keep the roots moist

obik69 (author)2016-03-03

Dear author, It will be great if you can write new article about "How to grow other hottest peppers from this website : " What do you think?

tesla man (author)obik692016-03-03

Yeah, I've debated that for a while now, and I think that you are right ;)

CarolinaReaper2 (author)2014-08-20

Except the Ghost pepper isn't the hottest anymore. The Carolina Reaper is. You can buy seeds at

Loren.Morales (author)2014-08-13

Do the seeds have to be dried, then soaked, or can they grow straight from the pepper?

tesla man (author)Loren.Morales2014-08-14

I guess you could plant a pepper, although I've always dried and then soaked before planting. Try it and let me know what happens :D

lynnfiorante (author)2014-01-17

The ghost pepper is not the hottest anymore I think it is third first is California reaper I think it's called

tesla man (author)lynnfiorante2014-01-17

Your right, it is no longer the worlds hottest pepper, but it was when i wrote this. The new hottest pepper is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.

jvodom (author)tesla man2014-05-20

The hottest pepper is the Carolina Reaper. Trinidad scorpion is now number 2.

tesla man (author)jvodom2014-05-22

Yea, i just recently learned about the Carolina reaper. This instructable should work for most hot peppers though. I have grown morugas this way too. I just recently planted my reapers so they are now sprouting.

jgcsr-del (author)2013-10-08

I live in delaware and have grown ghost peppers for the last couple years. I'm going to try your ideas for starting the seeds. I don't have a problem once the seeds reach a couple inches high. Once any chance of frost passes, I move the plants outside to acclimate to the weather. My plants have been about 2 1/2 - 3 feet in diameter and about 3 feet high, The yield is somewhere around 25 - 40 per plant, with some green ones still needing to ripen.

jamesrdell (author)2013-10-03

I didn't realize that cause I didn't see I time stamp from the app considering I only just started using it recently. I find the scotch bonnet plenty hot so Idk hire anyone would eat a ghost pepper or a scorpion pepper. Could I use this same technique to grow a scotch bonnet?

tesla man (author)jamesrdell2013-10-03

It's fine, and yes you can use this technique for pretty much every hot pepper, but especially for chillies.

jamesrdell (author)2013-10-03

ghost peppers aren't the hottest peppers, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is the hottest pepper

tesla man (author)jamesrdell2013-10-03

Yes, i do know that, but you must realize that at the time i wrote this, it was the hottest pepper.

inkmaker (author)2013-07-11

ordered three plants on line, put in a small green house, its been about 6 weeks plants are full and green. green house is very hot and humid.

tesla man (author)inkmaker2013-07-11

They look good. Keep it humid and they should continue to produce fruit.

cbushaw (author)2013-05-24

Just planted using your design now I wait. Plus just received devil tongue peppers. Going to start those today.

tesla man (author)cbushaw2013-05-27

Just remember that the most important part of this is to keep the container very humid. Then once the flowers bloom, just pollinate each flower. But good luck!

TheBaldFish (author)2012-05-30

Pretty good work. You should definitely keep updating this with pictures of growth and and yields as the growth continues. Do you have a general idea of how many days it takes from sprout to harvest? My fiance and I love to grow all kinds of peppers and we find that the time from sprout to fruit is like 60-90 days depending on variety of course. Also, what type of dishes do you use your ghost peppers for?

tesla man (author)TheBaldFish2012-05-31

Thanks! And yes, I do plan on updating this with pictures when ever there is a major difference in the plant. It usually takes about 85 days until harvest, but that all depends on the temperature, which should be around 75 degrees. You don't have to keep your house at 75 degree's, because the peanut butter container traps in the warmth. If you love peppers, you could use substitute this for other types of peppers. Many people like to make hot wings with them, and resturants even call them the suicide hot wings. They also make you sing legal documents so that you do not sue....

But don't worry!! There have been no deaths caused by the GHOST PEPPER.

Have Fun Planting,
Tesla man

lemonie (author)2012-05-23

I can't see a picture of any peppers that you've grown, have you just started?


tesla man (author)lemonie2012-05-23

Yes, I just started for this year. Sorry, I don't have any pictures of the peppers from last year. If you look in the last step though, you can see the sprout.

lemonie (author)tesla man2012-05-24

You'll be able to update it as they grow, that'd be good.


tesla man (author)lemonie2012-05-24

Yes I will make a second instructable showing the growth of them.

lemonie (author)tesla man2012-05-24

Just add them to this one.


tesla man (author)lemonie2012-05-24


fred27 (author)2012-05-24

There are loads of interesting chilli varieties, so why not try a few? I've got 8 on the go this year - none as hot as yours though!

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