The Ghost Pepper is also known as Bhut jolokia, ghost chili, U-morok, red naga, naga jolokia and ghost jolokia. Peppers by Mail offers Ghost Pepper seeds in a variety of colors. This offer is for twenty or more (20+) original red ghost pepper seeds.
In 2005, the Chile Pepper Institute of the New Mexico University tested peppers grown from ghost pepper seeds. Those peppers rated over 1,000,000 SHU. At the time, these were the hottest peppers ever tested by the Chile Pepper Institute. Ghost pepper seeds grow elsewhere in the world yielded SHU ratings of only a third of the Chile Pepper Institute. This indicates soil, climate, and other factors contribute greatly the the resulting heat of this plant.
The first red ghost pepper seeds available in the United States were imported from India. There it is cultivated predominantly in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. It is one of the first truly super hot peppers to become popular in the Western world. In 2007, the ghost pepper was declared the hottest pepper in the world by Guinness World Records. Although that record has bee surpassed many times since it was awarded, many continue to believe it is the hottest pepper. Demand for red ghost pepper seeds remains higher than even those that have surpassed its heat. Now included in fast food menus, the ghost pepper can be considered the classic super hot pepper.
Growing Red Ghost Pepper Seeds
Although red ghost pepper seeds are very popular among first time growers, they can be very difficult to germinate. Because it is a fairly long season plant with delicate seedlings, it is often started fairly early. Starting red ghost pepper seeds this early often means lower indoor temperatures in northern regions. The first thought of new growers is often to place them by South facing windows. Unfortunately, during the winter months these areas are far too cool for good germination rates.
What ever method a person chooses to germinate ghost pepper seeds, providing extra warmth is often necessary. In fact, we have our best germination rates when we egg incubators set for 95 degrees. Acceptable results can be had by using a seedling heat mat. These are available at many nurseries and even places like Walmart when they are stocking for seasonal planting. If you are on a tight budget, germinating ghost pepper seeds on top of refrigerators and hot water heaters is a popular method of insuring extra heat.
Origin of the Ghost Pepper
The Ghost Pepper, aka Bhut joloka, was one of the first super hot peppers introduced to the Western world. It was originally cultivated in Northeast Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.