How to grow the hottest chili

Sbaker6March 3, 2011

I am not much of a gardener but last year I planted some habeneros, they grew like WEEDs, I got BUCKETS of them it was unbelievable and they were so hot that amateur pepper eating tough guys couldn't stand them.

Now they grew fine but now I want some bhut jokokias, and I want them to be as hot as possible. I am thinking of getting this http://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-CK64050-Germination-Station-Heat/dp/B000HHO1RO and starting them indoors as it is only 65 degrees F in here however I need to get a light for them as that does not have one. Is that and a florescent light a good start or do you have a better cheap alternative?

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smokemaster_2007

I assume you are talking about something like this:

Work great,about $30.00 even, at the local nursery.
Probably cheeper at discount stores or lowes etc.

Bhuts like 85-90 degrees,don't try and sprout wilds or some other varieties at that temp.
Too warm in general.
I couldn't get some annuums to sprout over 75-80 degrees.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 7:58PM
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Sbaker6

Thats exactly it, any suggestions as to a light?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 10:45PM
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smokemaster_2007

Shop Lights in 5000-6000k,as high a lumen as you can find.
Or LEDs.Mine are homemade.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 4, 2011 at 4:45AM
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jennq

Smokemaster, I'm lolling at your re-purposed trays that appropriately warn their contents are "HOT". Truth in advertising? :-p

Thanks for posting pics of your setup. As a newbie, I'm always looking for ideas. And my mother happens to have two of those shelves sitting unused in her backyard... I think a burglar might head back there sometime soon. ;-)

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 5:44AM
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ottawapepper

Sbaker6,

What Smokemaster said (especially) the 85F range for Bhuts. I started a 72 cell tray (one Bhut seed per cell) for farmer friends in mid December. By Jan 2nd I had an 89% germination rate, 64 out of 72 sprouts.

FYI, if you're using a heat mat you may want to read a previous post on mats and temp output and etc. etc. etc.

Link below.

Bill

Here is a link that might be useful: Old heat mat post

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 7:23PM
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