How to Germinate Bhut Jolokia Seeds


The Bhut Jolokia pepper, often called the ghost chili, is the hottest pepper known. According to the Scoville scale, which measures the heat factor of foods, the Bhut Jolokia is up to 400 times hotter than a jalapeno. This pepper is native to India, but can be grown anywhere with a hot climate. Bhut Jolokia needs at least 80 degree temperatures to do well, so it is best to start the plants inside to prolong the growing season. Like any other seeds, the first step is germination.

Step 1

Fill a waterproof container with potting soil. The size of the container needed depends on how many seeds you want to plant. Allow at least 2 square inches for each seed.

Step 2

Boil a pot of water and dump it into the container with the soil. The boiling water will sterilize the soil and kill off any harmful bacteria. Use just enough water so that the soil is wet, but not soggy. If the soil becomes soggy, set it in a sunny window until it is damp to the touch.

Step 3

Bury each seed 1/4 inch below the soil surface. Be sure each seed is planted at least 2 inches apart.

Step 4

Put the container in an area with a temperature between 80 and 85 degrees. Bhut Jolokia peppers are native to warm climates, so they need a hot temperature to germinate.

Step 5

Water the soil daily to ensure it stays moist. The soil should never dry out or become soggy.

Step 6

Transplant the seeds once they germinate and the outside temperatures reach at least 80 degrees. Depending on the soil quality, seed quality and climate, this can take anywhere from a week to over a month.

Things You'll Need

  • Waterproof container
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Bhut Jolokia seeds


  • Growing Bhut Jolokia
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