How to Germinate Bhut Jolokia


The bhut jolokia, also called naga jolokia or ghost chili, is known for being the hottest naturally grown pepper. It gets a rating of up to 1 million on the Scoville scale, which means that the extract of the pepper must be diluted with 1 million parts water before all traces of heat are gone. To put this into perspective, one bhut jolokia is equivalent to 400 jalapeno peppers or 10 habaneros. Those who love an intense kick in their food can grow bhut jolokia at home so they always have a supply on hand.

Step 1

Fill a recycled egg container with a high-quality potting soil. Each individual egg holder is a perfect size for starting seeds and also makes transplanting easy, as you can simply scoop the small clump of soil out with a spoon.

Step 2

Fill a spray bottle with water and mist the soil with the water until it is thoroughly moist. Do not allow the soil to get soggy, as wet soil may lead to fungal problems.

Step 3

Sow the seeds ¼ inch deep. Put one seed in each individual egg holder.

Step 4

Put the seeds in a sunny window that faces south. Windows that face any other direction often have insufficient light for bhut jolokias.

Step 5

Check the temperature of the soil with a soil thermometer on a daily basis. The temperature should stay in between 80 and 85 degrees F at all times. If necessary, use a growing light to provide extra heat.

Step 6

Mist the soil with water when the top of it dries out. Depending on the conditions of your home, this could be once per day or once per week. Keep up the watering regimen until the seeds germinate, usually between two and four weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Recycled egg container
  • Potting soil
  • Spray bottle
  • Soil thermometer
  • Growing lamp


  • The Hottest Pepper: How to Grow Bhut Jolokia
  • University of Minnesota: Scoville Scale
Keywords: plant bhut jolokia, grow ghost chili, germinate jolokia seeds

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