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I grow my reapers in a DWC setup. Been growing about 5 months under Vipaspectra 300w LEDS. Plant is beginning to produce pods, however small at the bottom of the plant and larger towards the top
Growing the Carolina Reaper
Hi there,I've started 3 weeks ago my first experience of growing reapers. I've started a little late but as I live in Portugal, weather is very good in Southern Europe. From the 10 seeds, 6 have sprouted already. Besides autumm started already, temperature here is still at 28ºC (82.4F)
hi! im from indonesia, this is the second time i've been trying to grow my own carolina reaper indoor (been about 14 days now), my first time seeding fail. so i use cotton instead of soil this time, i just put the seed in cotton surface and it grow like in picture below (sorry for the blurry image) so im wondering is this the right time to transplant these pepper to a bigger pot?
A friend gave me a Seedling and I have been babying it to the point it is now. I don't usually have much luck growing plants so I'm very proud of myself! The Kansas summer has proven to be a perfect environment. I put it outside after the last threats of freezing were past. It has gotten wilty over the summer from time to time but a good watering always pops it back up. 8 to 10 are forming now and there are dozens of buds that are turning into pods. I just repotted it last week and it seems to be thriving. The Roots were extraordinary! Do you have any tips or suggestions for storing the peppers? Can they be frozen etc?
Hi again, I responded above ("No problem at all) but the site put it on top.. Now I have another confusion. Some of my pepper babies are getting some brown on them (please see photo) . Still wondering about fertilizer/nutrients. Thanks again!
Hey Boba,Thanks for putting this together. Great insight. I live in a New York City apartment with mostly west facing windows. A friend recently gave me fresh batch of reapers and I'd like to try to grow some plants. Seeing as we're about to go into winter, how would you suggest handling the seeds. Should I plant now or keep them in a cool spot until spring?Thanks in advance!
Hi, long time chilli enthusiast, first time grower of anything. Just had a couple questions, is it absolutely necessary to have a greenhouse? I love in Melbourne, au and we are just coming out of winter and into summer so there should be plenty of heat, but I don't really want to screw anything up especially as I'll be going to the UK for October and leaving the seeds in someone's care - Mountain Jew
I am very happy with them. Got 60 reapers out of it. Have made powder and tabasco out of it. Tried one whole and I am never going to do that again :) - Pepperchop
Hi Boba,No problem at all. I too have been so busy I've nearly neglected the plants other than moving them to get good sun. So, most plants now have multiple peppers that look just the way they should. I am VERY excited. The weather has become cooler. High 80s to low 90s F day and low to mid 70s F at night. I did add a bit of Epsom salts to each a month ago but nothing else. Still raining regularly, no need to water, but somewhat less intensely. Would still like your thoughts on fertilizers/nutrients to replace nutrient loss to maximize both Scoville value and production. Thanks for getting back to me. - swamidoc
Hello and thank you for your comment!!! I am very sorry for my late reply. I have never come across small black bits in my plants, if anyone else has and knows what these are please comment. I`ve found I usually get a bit of sweet and a bit of spicy with each batch. I hope this helps and happy growing!!!
Hello and sorry for my very late reply its been very busy over in the UK. That could be possible, how s the plant doing now? And what is the weather like? Boba
Hello and thank you for your comment!! Sorry for the late reply. Hope you are happy with your reapers and well done with your growing success!!! Happy Growing Boba
Hello and thank you for your comment!! I am very sorry for my late reply. I have never used hydroponics before so I am not entirely sure how the plants will react and I am not sure how old your plant is. At an estimated guess I would say after initial growth and once the plant has thickened up, peppers will develop in a couple of weeks. I hope this helps and happy growing!!
Here's my Carolina Reaper that has been growing in the often damp Scottish climate. Just waiting for some flowers to set. Any tips for keeping over winter?
I'm in Brisbane. Back in late January/early February I planted about half a dozen seeds. Long story short, only one made it. By the time the remaining small seedling had become established we were heading into autumn and winter, so growth was slow......but steady. Now, in early spring, I have a healthy flourishing plant ready for a warm season growth spurt. I also have about another half-dozen seeds I didn't use, so I'll be planting them shortly. I have a question though. Can someone tell me at what point it's likely to start fruiting?
I need to ask something.I just cut up one of my ripe Reapers, and there is little black bits in there. They do not appear to be seeds, but i could be wrong. Any ideas?Also, is it just me or do these bad boys smell really sweet, and not at all spicy?
I am growing in Hydroponic Ebb and flow system indoors how long until i peppers i have flowers. - Hydrolady13
Never mind. Tried one. They where ready... .. - Pepperchop
This is most certainly a bell pepper. The top image shows what they should look like, but you can also tell by the leaves. Reaper leaves become enormous in comparison once they mature. The stem is also a bit thinner on a reaper. Of course the biggest and best tell is the shape. The scorpion and reaper peppers are very odd shaped... roundish with a point at the bottom. - JeremiahT18
Yea i guess i didnt label goodI finallt got my reapers - DanielM658
Thanks very much for getting back to me! Flowers are still dropping (I also have Trinidad Scorpions-same thing)... They are outside and I was watering daily until I read about letting the top inch or so dry out thoroughly, so I'm now doing that. However, Pensacola has been getting heavy rains 3-6 times weekly. And, about 2 weeks after I wrote my first note, we had a 10 day monsoon that stopped about 10 days ago. I've wondered if all the rain has depleted the nutrients in the soil (combination of Miracle gro potting soil, bagged garden soil and bagged manure). The leaves seem a bit greener from the bit of epsom salts I added.
I agree it doesn't look lanything like a reaper, it look more like an egg plant to be honest - duner1
I'm leaving in a tropical climate country where high temperatures and high humidity throughout the year. Daytime temperatures rise above 30°C (86°F) year-round and night-time temperatures rarely drop below 24°C (75°F). Just bought some Carolina Reaper seeds all the way from New York and was wondering if any of you guys can be so kind to guide me in getting started? - Crankyshotgun
most of my peppers don't develop the stinger end at the bottom of the pepper. I have noticed that the only ones to do so are ones where the pollen tube remains attached to the imature fruit after the rest of te flower falls...anyone notice the same thing? the pollen develops into the stinger. img2374 is a poor pic of the pollen tube a few weeks after setting fruit the end is blunt but gradually tapers to the stinger....thx steve
Hello everyone, can anyone help me. I planted my Reapers outside in the ground and would like to bring in for the winter. Can you dig them up and place in a pot or bucket with good drainage? Or will it kill the plant? Thanks for your time and help
Grew these in a wallmounted greenhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. Are the red ones ready to harvest, or do I need to leave them on for some time? - Pepperchop
I have nice plants growing an with a lot of flowers trouble is after the flower opens it and the stem falls off an i have no fruit growing my plants seem healthy other than that any help - festerbut
they're reapers. not completely brown; they get streaks or blotches of brown/dark purple. some are turning red, but others seem to be rotting on the vine before turning red. - RandyR50
Thank youI was sure they were my reaper seeds but I thought they looked wrongGuess I need to label better - DanielM658
Hello again!! Its good to hear all is well, I personally heat my green house with heater. In the UK its usually quite hard to hold on so if I have some basic cayenne's I will harvest the seeds and give the plant away and then use the extra space for the rest of my reapers. Hope this helps!!! Boba
Hello everyone!!! I am very sorry I have been away for so long but I`ve been very busy this summer and have only just got round to reading the comments. I will start replying immediately, sorry again and hope all your projects are going well. Happy growing!!
Hello and thank you for your comment!!! Its great to see your grow is going well and that your not having any problems! Keep us posted! Boba
Hello and thank you for your comment!!!! I'm glad to hear your projects are going well and thank you for sharing with community! Happy growing!!!!
Question?This pepper is the reaper seeds i got does it look a reaper? - DanielM658
it's over watering or fungi called Phytophthora capsici. I have same problem currently and I have tried 1l of water, 1coffie spoon of baking soda, 1droplet of cooking oil and less than that of detergent. There are some mixes with nettle or milk. Prevention of fungi is done with CuSO4 but I didn't knew that at beginning. - dokle_vise
my reapers are turning black/brown vs. red. what's wrong??
Just thought I would give a little update from damp and dreary UK. I now have at least a dozen of these fiery freaks on my main plant. A plant that is almost 4 feet tall and starting to take over my tiny greenhouse. The one pictured above has now reddened up nicely but remained that size and shape. All the other peppers are like the ones pictured in this blog and one or two are almost the size of my thumb - will add a pic later in the week. My other 3 plants which are about half the height are only just starting to produce peppers. I could use some advice for over wintering in a greenhouse, from any UK growers, and later in the year.
love reapers. ordered 10 seeds from pepperjoes.com and all 10 sprouted. grown most in a 10x12 greenhouse here in North Dakota. All are about 2 ft high with the exception of those that ive grown outside the greenhouse. those only about a foot. tried eating a fruit that just started , was small and green. no heat at all. they must get their heat closer to ripening. Will see in about a month. Very rewarding pepper plant so far :) - lance.pederson
My pepper plant leaves are turning yellow what does that mean and how can i fix it? Thanks in advance - J-weezy26
I feed the plants every time I water. They stay nice and bright green all summer long. I bet you have some peppers now. lol We make our own fertilizer here using horse manure and chicken dung . Works very good. About a year aged .
I have 6 of these little bad boys already. I live here in Minnesota and got this as a small plant. Started it in a pot then transplanted to the ground. I've been feeding it Miracle Grow about once a week and it seems to be doing excellent! - JeffW153
Your plants need as much direct hot sunlight that you can provide......download the sight PepperJoe.com.....here you will encounter instructional videos, seeds,seeds&seeds...order their plant nutrient SUPREME GROWERS, all 5 bags......this will definitely revive your plants....GOOD LUCK....LET ME KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.....IF YOU DON'T MIND TELL THEMM I RECOMMENDED YOU....." IN GOD WE TRUST, ALWAYS!!! " - RobertO106
Glad to find this site! I have reapers growing in 5 gallon drained buckets outside in Pensacola, FL. I used a mix of miracle grow potting soil, manure and garden soil (bags). They grew from seeds and now are about 20"-24" tall, but are dropping flowers and a couple are looking a bit pale and don't have the lush leaves like photos I've seen. I did cut the top off one to have it bush out (it worked) and it is still growing without buds. It can get pretty hot here (high 80s this week, up to 96 last week, but other peppers are fruiting & developing well (cayenne, jalapeno). It has also been raining fairly often. I came across another site that suggested magnesium (Epsom salts) and calcium to supplement nutrients lost from excessive watering. Any suggestions would be appreciated! - swamidoc
Just thought I would share this with the community. My first one!!!
48 year growing this is not always a proven way to pollinate , We use a small brush. The stigma of the flower is sometime behind the anthers and hard to get too. We grow over 500,000 of these plants on our farm a year. We also cross pepper plant's, Maybe this will help. ..https://www.plantvillage.org/en/questions/267-pepper-bell-what-would-cause-flowers-to-fall-off-pepper-plant - AngieS56
Dear Dano48 , Your flowers are falling off because they are not being pollinated . You can do this with a small paint brush or even letting s few bee's fly around.. We have just started Hot pepper plants for next season to have them 4 foot tall for an order next year. - AngieS56
I actually have been hand pollinating with a q-tip so I know that's not the issue. - DanO48
Can someone tell me what this pepper is please?
The pot is a five gallon bucket that sits in another 5 gallon bucket. The bucket with the soil has many holes in the bottom for drainage into the bottom bucket... The bottom bucket also has a hole in the side to keep from overwatering. I usually have to water about every week and a half to two weeks... When I feed it, I fill the bottom bucket with a hydroponic solution and it wicks up to the soil... I got to thinking about it and when I transplanted it I used a soil that had 4 months worth of feed mixed with it.... Could it be dropping flowers due to to many nutrients? I transplanted it almost 2 months ago...
I've been using a hydroponic solution. It's masterblend 4-18-38 with epsom salt & calcium nitrate. I pour it directly into the bottom bucket for the roots. Could it be that the soil is not completly depleted of it's nutrients and it is too much for the plant?
I have an issue with my flowers continuosly falling off on my Reaper... I have tried a few different ways of pollinating it but so far only one pod has started... I grow indoors and my plant is in a self watering bucket. Any help would be greatly appreciated...
It's about time! Finally got them to fruit using this odd technique: "BevT3 wrote: Hi, iv'e just comeacross your post and have the answer :)I betyou are growing them indoors? I had the same problem when i started to growchillies too (in the greenhouse). Just after my flowers were finishing theywere dropping off just as the bud of the would be chilli was starting to form.It's because they need to be pollinated for the fruiting to happensuccessfully. Outside bees etc can do this for you but indoors there's nothingto help. You will need a cotton bud. Gently dust from inside each flower goingto the next and the next after that with this same cotton bud. In essence youare pollinating as if you were a bee. You should notice your flowers staying onthe plant after that and should yield a nice little crop. I did some researchinto all of it when I was having the same problem and after hand pollinatingall was well. Good luck" Thanks Bev, you've saved my pepper project and my sorrow!I can finally say I made it! For real this time :3
They've produced peppers :D!!!!!
Can anyone tell me whats wrong with this chilli plant? The plant in question is a firecracker.
Wow, that's amazingly helpful... Thank you!
how are they doing now? Being 11 days ago when you posted this. I am curious, my 1st carolina reaper grow, I dont know what to expect
Hi, iv'e just come across your post and have the answer :)I bet you are growing them indoors? I had the same problem when i started to grow chillies too (in the greenhouse). Just after my flowers were finishing they were dropping off just as the bud of the would be chilli was starting to form. It's because they need to be pollinated for the fruiting to happen successfully. Outside bees etc can do this for you but indoors there's nothing to help. You will need a cotton bud. Gently dust from inside each flower going to the next and the next after that with this same cotton bud. In essence you are pollinating as if you were a bee. You should notice your flowers staying on the plant after that and should yield a nice little crop. I did some research into all of it when I was having the same problem and after hand pollinating all was well. Good luck!
This is the plant
the plant gets sun light often and I have not watered it because it arrive full of water and it's still a lot of water I got it wensday
Well il show u a pic once I get home but just imagn it when it arrived it had about 6 leave now it has 3
Hey bobaI got a carolina reaper plant its about 4 inch its kinda sad or i dont know what to call it what should i do. leave it out on the sun (its kinda cloudy) or use my uva bulb inside.
Btw, thank you for being so helpful! You've saved my peppers! - Red_Jacket
I stabbed a couple of holes in the buckets, are these big enough? The buckets seemed to pour quite a bit of water when I did... - Red_Jacket
thank you boba, my reapers and ghost peppers are growing perfectly under my bulb I also have a drainage under the cup each one has two cups one to hold the water and the other to hold the plant thnx again for your advice - WhiteWolf831
No prob comrade, we're all family here (We help each other) :3 - Red_Jacket
I fertilize them about every week and water every time the top of the soil gets dry, I try to keep the soil moist.... Also, now leaves are falling off!?!
ok, thank you! - DavidL518
My pepper's flowers keep popping off!? I don't know what's going wrong, I put them in buckets, put them outside on a calm day to soak up the sun but the flowers keep dying a popping off. Help me boba, you're my only hope <----- Starwars reference.... ;3 But really, what's going on? - Red_Jacket
Cut just below the stem, then cut (gently) down the sides (like you're splitting the pepper) and peel both sides off, voilà, you have a bunch of seeds that should grow (however they might be duds) Use the steps as said in the papper above and you might actually grow Carolina reapers... They take about 6 months to grow and produce fruit though. - Red_Jacket
Hey Boba! Thank you for all this information. I got a couple of Carolina Reapers (only the fruit) and naturally I got very excited. I don't want to miss my shot of growing my own plant (hopefully plural...). I live in Israel, so it's usually hot, especially between June and October. Would you or anyone else here have instructions on how to extract the seeds from the pepper itself, clean it (if needed) and make it sprout? Is it even possible to grow it just like that with no special treatment?Thanks!
one of my cups has a sprout already
Last years reaper plant - Topher7404
they have just sprouted - WhiteWolf831
I had 3 last year 2 i kept in pots and the other i planted in the garden. The one i put in the garden i pruned because it didnt look good when i got it from the ups truck. I let nature take its course. It took forever but the end results were a plant about 4.5 ft tall amd 3 feet wide. The yeild from the ome plant was around 3 lbs. Of reapers. The ones in the pots barely grew - Topher7404
boba can i use this method with my ghost peppers - WhiteWolf831
Thanks for the reply,I am currently feeding the plant every two days, alternating between feeding and watering, and using a litre at a time as the pot is just under a 5 gallon so holds a lot. Dont know the age as i purchased it from the chili festival at Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland. Should i cut it right back in winter? Looking a bit scruffy.
Hi Boba Thanks for your reply! I live in North Carolina US. My ground is a little sandy but its tilled and worked. We just had a week of steady rain and the ground got packed from it. I watered right after I took the picture.
I have received a 9 inch full CR plant. What is the plants preferred environment? Thank You!
Thanks for your reply, I was just wondering since there's no talk about garden growing them. - ReApErMaDnEsS
Hi Boba, I have got a carolina reaper plant thats currently flowering, but both leaves and flowers are just dropping off. I have recently repotted it into a 15 ltr pot. I just put it straight into the new pot with compost and with its old soil still attached, and filled with new compost, is that right? Im also now watering and then feeding 2 days later and back again with a litre at a time? One last thing lol, is my reaper two big? Didnt prune it last year and just watched vid that says you should do it every winter. Any info would be appreciated. - Lestat305
I picked up a reaper plant at the local farmers market. I see everyone growing in pots but i planted mine in my garden. The plant is bushing out but not growing up. Does it take longer when ground planted? It has been in ground for 3 weeks now. - ReApErMaDnEsS
The Reaper I grew last summer got huge, like 5ft. It went through a few rounds of blooms before it began fruiting. I was concerned at the time, as my other peppers were fruiting. However, it eventually started throwing fruit, and once it did, boy was it a prolific producer.
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