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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum frutescens 'White Habanero'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)
Cultivar: White Habanero

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive IndianaBodeen On Nov 4, 2012, IndianaBodeen from Wheatfield, IN wrote:

Excellent plants. If you don't over nitrogen these plants, like any other pepper plant, you won't get big bushy plants. My plants were under 24 inches tall and were massive producers of nice sized pods considering the size these pods are suppose to get.

Most ripened creamy white, but a lot ripened all the way white. Really nice flavor and tremendous heat. Like all Capsicum chinense peppers, they take time to give you ripe pods, so start these early in the house and I would plant them in a container so if you get early cold weather, you can bring the plant in to finish ripening.

Super hot pepper jelly from these. WOW

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

Plant grew big and lush like all my other peppers, but the fruit was very late ripening and stayed small, the size of a thumbnail or even smaller. Taste was nice and hot, but I wouldnt grow it again because of its small size, its not practical for de-seeding and sauce making. The colour is green ripening to a creamy yellow. I had similar problems with Habanero being late and undersized the season before too, so it might be due to the damp climate here.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 17, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

White 1 1/2 inch top shaped fruits. Considered rare.


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

Somers, Connecticut
Miami, Florida
Wheatfield, Indiana
Mount Laurel, New Jersey

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