What type of hot pepper is this?

Willy_ChileAugust 21, 2014

I got some Ghost Pepper seeds from Pepper Joe, and out of three plants one turned out to be some other type of pepper. To me, it looks like a habanero of some sort (which would be fine, I like them). But what type? Do I need to wait until the color cones in to narrow it down?

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Looks like a chocolate

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 7:25PM
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Could be chocolate or that could be sun burn on the pepper, you won't know for sure until they ripen, but it's a habanero type pepper.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 8:09AM
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It could be a Hab? It's definitely not a Ghost.

I think habjolokia is right regarding a bit of sun burn.The purplish colour is fairly common.

Here's a shot of a Scarlet Lantern pod exhibiting the same purplish burn. The pod to the right is dark purple on the sun facing side. They will eventually turn their natural ripe colour once the mature. No long term damage done.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 9:55AM
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It looks like it could be a hab or a scotch bonnet? That purple is definitely sunburn.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 2:34PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

The pods look like hab but the leaves ?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 11:19PM
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Thanks everyone. I did wonder whether the sun could be causing those purple marks. Now I know. This is my first year growing a garden and its been fun to learn all this kind of stuff. Also, I was actually bummed because the Habanero peppers I did plant never really took off, eventually I just pulled them. Now I have one plant by happy accident I guess. Actually I'm starting to think another of the supposed ghost pepper plants is also something else. The peppers have the right shape but they are smooth skinned and yellow. The one plant (out of three) that DOES look like a ghost pepper plant has wrinkly peppers like they're supposed to look. Looks like there is some mix and match going on at Pepper Joe's.

Its all good though.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:17AM
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Well it's definitely C. chinense with multiple fruit per node.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:27AM
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Here is what the other "ghost pepper" plant is producing...

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:30AM
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ironmike_usmc zone 6A CT

Looks exactly like my Hungarian Hot Wax.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 1:41PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Neither looks to be a Ghost Pepper unfortunately. Joe burns another customer....

The Hab peppers could be Caribbean Red Hab's, which are decent for salsa.


    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:18PM
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The habs are turning orange now...one mystery solved.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 6:43PM
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