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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum chinense 'Trinidad Scorpion'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Trinidad Scorpion

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:
Unknown - Tell us

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral LazLo On Mar 29, 2011, LazLo from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Scoville Units for Trinidad Scorpion = 800,000 ~ 1,000,000


Not suitable for winter-sowing:
As with other "super hots" the Trinidad Scorpion requires higher and more consistent temperatures than occur during any part of the winter-sowing season. The variance between night-time and daytime temps interfers with germination.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 21, 2007, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A very hot pepper, that falls just short of the heat of Naga Morich or Bhut Jolokia. Tall plant taking 90-120 days from transplant. Unique shape.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jose, California
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Austin, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Longview, Washington

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