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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum chinense 'St Barts Orange Habanero'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: St Barts Orange Habanero

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24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Green changing to orange

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)


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive annie57 On Oct 16, 2012, annie57 from Drexel, NC wrote:


I planted only 3 Harold St. Bart's, purchased from Cross Country Nurseries and wow, do I have large, delicious hot, pineapplish, slightly milder or less bitter than regular orange habs, smokier flavored peppers! They only turn a light orange when fully ripe. So, I have no idea why they are called "Orange St. Barts" as they're more yellow than orange.

Great for sauces using pineapple, delicious smoked lightly and dehydrated for powders. Again, these like water (rain or irrigation) and bountiful with AACTeas per vegetative, flowering and fruiting stages. And for me grew a MUCH larger and robust bush than do regular habs: I did NOT have to cage or stake these in large no-till garden. I can't recommend this pepper enough!

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 3, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1 1/2 x 1 inch pepper.


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

Wheatfield, Indiana
Drexel, North Carolina

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