Carolina Reaper

(1 customer review)


Officially the hottest pepper in the world as ranked by Guinness Records. The average Scoville unit measurement is a whopping 1.5 million and peaks at 2.2 million. Remember, a spicy habanero scores 100,000 Scovilles. The devilish looking fruits are fiery red with a unique little stinger tail. The average size is 1.5” by 2” long. This scorcher was originally a cross between Pakistani Naga x Red Habanero. Has surprisingly good flavor once you get past the heat. Use extreme caution when handling seeds and picking fruits.

Super hot peppers are tricky to grow. The seeds are difficult to germinate under home growing conditions and they need a long, hot season to produce fruit. Pay close attention to growing instructions. Even under ideal conditions, a 60% germination rate is not uncommon.

Additional information

Seed Type

Conventional-Virus Tested

Latin Name:

Capsicum chinense


21-28 days or longer, even under ideal conditions. A heat mat underneath, or a heated greenhouse are recommended.


100-120 days from transplant

Ripe Color


Heat Units

5+/5 (Super Hot)


Full Sun

Planting Method

Transplanting recommended. Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Set out when all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed.

Planting Depth:



Space plants 12-18" apart in rows 2-4 feet apart.

Satisfaction Guarantee

A.P. Whaley Seed Company is committed to your satisfaction. We pride ourselves in offering only the highest quality seeds: those free of GMOs, noxious weeds and other invasive species, and produced by growers that are supportive of sustainable agricultural practices.  Limitation of Liability:  The sole remedy for loss or damages shall be limited to the purchase price of the seed.  Shipping charges are not refundable. Under no circumstances will A. P. Whaley LLC be liable for consequential damages.  All claims must be submitted to A. P. Whaley LLC in writing no more than 30 days from the date of purchase.

Wholesale Customers

For wholesale pricing and availability, please contact our office at (608) 437-9081.

Virus Testing

Our Virus Tested seeds are tested by independent labs accredited by the National Seed Health System.  As demand grows we will expand our Virus Tested offerings.  Lab certificates can be supplied upon request. 

We are testing for the following viruses and bacteria that can cause devastating losses and rapidly spread in greenhouse and commercial production environments:


√ Bacterial Spot (Xcv)-10,000 seeds

√ Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Pepper Mild Mottled Mosaic Virus (PMMoV)-3,000 seeds

        √ Tomato Brown Fruit Rugose Virus (ToBFRV)-3,000 seeds


√ Bacterial Spot (Xcv)-10,000 seeds

√ Bacterial Speck (Pst)-10,000 seeds

√ Bacterial Canker (Cmm)-10,000 seeds

√ Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Tomato Mottled Mosaic Virus (ToMMV)-3,000 seeds

√ Pepino Mosaic Virus (PepMV)-2,000 seeds

        √ Tomato Brown Fruit Rugose Virus (ToBFRV)-3,000 seeds

1 review for Carolina Reaper

  1. A.P. Whaley Staff

    These grew surprisingly well for us in Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5), considering it’s a long-season hot pepper. We were able to pick ripe (red) peppers three times before frost. Picking the fruits went well (with gloves on), but once you open them and expose the seed – whew! You can tell just from breathing near them that they are hot hot hot! Note that these are TRUE Carolina Reapers, with the characteristic wrinkled skin and the Reaper ‘tail’. The fruits pictured were the ones grown on our farm!

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