ghost pepper ripening

steven1032July 3, 2012

how long does it take for a ghost pepper from start to finsh take to turn red?

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capoman(5a)

Once they start to turn they are fairly quick. What takes time with Bhuts is how long it takes for the plant to mature from seed. As with most Chinense varieties, they are slow to set their first fruit, but are very productive once they get going, fruits grow and ripen fairly quickly.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 4:45PM
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steven1032

this one is a bright green. how will you know when there about to turn? i have a lot of bhuts on the vine but it seems to be taking forever.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 8:00PM
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SgtPepper

I hope you are right Capoman. I have two fruits only so far. I had some flower drops because of poor weather. It is disheartening to see bright sunshine everywhere except here.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 8:13PM
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ottawapepper

Peppers are like cats, not dogs.

Dogs have owners, cats have attendants.

You attend to them until they're good and ready to do what they do... ripen.

Give them time.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 8:28PM
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habjolokia

Bright green with sorta smooth skin as a very, very young Bhut pod then it gets really bumpy and gets a darker green, then you will see orange start from the top and work its way down then you blink and its red.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 8:32PM
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ottawapepper

They'll get to this point and take anywhere from one to three weeks to turn.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 8:46PM
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roo18boy

Hi Guys,

I live in Australia and I'm attempting to grow a ghost pepper plant. There is plenty of heat here so that isn't a problem. I did have a problem with blossoms falling off for a while until I asked a green thumb friend. He suggested I water it with a small amount of liquid fertiliser a few times a week, which I did and that fixed that problem. I do however read with interest the time it takes for the fruit to turn from green to red. My plant has a heap of fruit on it and they have been green for about a month. There is no sign of red/orange yet. I have never seen a ghost plant much less fruit here and I look forward to seeing if they are as hot as all reports.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 4:12AM
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esox07 (4b)

You will come out one day soon and find one or two with a dash or orange on them. Then within a couple days, great numbers of them will start turning red. Not long after that, you will have all the ripe ghost peppers you and your friends can handle. It is just a waiting game now as long as you still have plenty of growing season left down under.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 7:52AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Wow, you guys have some fast Ghost peppers.
I just checked my pics from a year ago...August 15th I have a green Ghost - September 21st I have a ripe Ghost. As the others have mentioned, once the color change begins, it does happen rapidly (about a week or so).

Josh

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 10:24AM
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Edymnion(7a)

Yeah, in my experience it takes about a month after the pod stops growing before it starts turning, but once they start they'll flash over in about a week.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 11:06AM
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stlrsgr43

My ghost peppers have been orange for a couple weeks, shouldn't they have turned red by now?

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 9:03AM
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bangalore321

ghost, devils tongue and carolina reapers

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 1:05PM
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bangalore321

first year i've grown the ghost and the reaper, and yes once the ghost peppers start turning, you can blink and they are ripe! thinkin about makin salsa again this year, any tips or suggestions anyone? thanks for any feedback!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 1:09PM
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loweride

I took this picture over a week ago. Any thoughts on how long I will have to wait before these will be fully grown and fully ripe?
A month?
In the last week, they haven't seemed to have grown a lot. We got a good thunderstorm last night, though.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:56AM
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kclost

It happened fast for me last year. It took about a week for these peppers to go from green to red where they are now.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:52AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Loweride, you have a wait ahead of you....those pods need to reach full size first, and then the color change.

Josh

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 1:26PM
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loweride

What is full-size? 4"?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 1:41PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Or smaller. 4" is about the biggest I've seen.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 2:17PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

2 - 5 inches, or so...

Josh

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 3:53PM
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stoneys_fatali(9b Duarte,Ca.)

My ghost is about 1.5 feet tall and starting to Y.
Lots of buds and new growth.
Can't wait!

Stoney

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 4:13PM
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kclost

Beautiful Peppers Greenman.....

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 9:23AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, Kclost, those were the prettiest.... ;-)

Josh

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 12:45PM
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buhler13

Found this on a plant this morning here in southeastern Missouri!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:34PM
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ironmike_usmc zone 6A CT

Found a few days ago in Connecticut. This one has a weird split in it, like a snake's tongue

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:52PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Ex utero twins!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:57AM
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ironmike_usmc zone 6A CT

Haha! I know! Weird, right? Is it me, or does it look like a Halloween decoration of a Ghost, reclining, with his arm out, and the stem is like a witch's hat on his head?! I swear, there's a face on it from those "Scream" movies... Ha! (Sorry, not trying to hijack this thread)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 11:35AM
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run_it

Hey maybe you guys can help me out.. are my papers ready. And do you guys know the name of them.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 10:28PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

The ones in the foreground look kinda like ghost peppers (bhut jolokia). Once they turn fully red you can pick them.

Sample carefully! If they really are ghosts, they can melt your teeth!

Dennis

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:35PM
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