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PlantFiles: Habanero Pepper
Capsicum chinense 'Original Red'

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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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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

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By Michaelp
Thumbnail #1 of Capsicum chinense by Michaelp


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LenaBeanNZ 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.

Positive Michaelp 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.


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

Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Orange Springs, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Lansing, Michigan

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