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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum chinense 'Jamaica Scotch Bonnet (Red)'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Jamaica Scotch Bonnet (Red)

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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 red

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)


2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dorkasaurus On Jan 28, 2010, Dorkasaurus from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grew these last summer in containers and they grew okay but season seemed a little short for them. About half of the peppers wound up being picked indoors mid October. One of the hotter peppers I've grown, similar to Habaneros.

Positive melody On Feb 4, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beyond hot...this is one lethal pepper. It has a wonderful smokey, fruity flavor and should be used in moderation.

Care should be taken when working with this pepper not to touch any part of the juice with your hands...I use surgical gloves. If it gets into your eyes, or any other delicate parts, it will burn long and hot. Keep away from children.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 6, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1 1/2 x 11/2 inch Tam shaped pepper.


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

Somers, Connecticut
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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