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Habanero Pepper 'Original Red'

Capsicum chinense

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Original Red
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Heat (Pungency):

Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:




Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:



Fresh (salsa, salads)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Orange Springs, Florida

Acworth, Georgia

Honomu, Hawaii

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Lansing, Michigan

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 23, 2008, LenaBeanNZ from Brisbane,
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

Moderately productive, crumpled looking red fruit,with a very hot taste. Plant was vigorous with a wide and low growing habit.


On Jul 16, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love to grow and eat peppers and this is one of my favorites - a little hotter than most orange fruited ones, it has been very productive through a wide variety of temperatures and conditions. It will set fruit even when the temperature exceeds 120 F and down to about 40 F

I find the flavor of this one to be the best [my favorite] - the Caribbean Red is hotter but the flavor is not any better. To get really hot peppers, I let the plant set a few fruit and then only water it when it starts to wilt. The ones grown in full sun seem to be hotter than ones grown in the shade

I grow them organically with manure, etc. for the best flavor.