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One of the world's hottest peppers , the Yellow Ghost Pepper - AKA the Yellow Bhut Jolokia - is a beautiful variety that comes with an amazing flavor and crazy-hot nuclear heat that you'll need to prepare yourself for! A mutant of the original Ghost Pepper , this variety is guaranteed to light up your garden and your next meal!

Grow these peppers on 4 ft. tall pepper plants that produce incredible yields of these slender-looking peppers. The Yellow Ghost chiles look wrinkly and pointy, changing colors from green to bright yellow as they mature. Expect these pods to grow between 3-4" long and fill up your pepper plant as they come in.

This super hot pepper has heat levels between 855,000-1,000,000 SHUs - that's about 125 times hotter than a Jalapeno pepper ! If you can handle the heat, you'll be able to enjoy delectable fruity flavors that come with every bite you take. Yellow Bhut chili peppers make for an amazing hot sauce and will also be good fresh and added to many meals. Grow these next to your other ornamental pepper plants for a nice display of colorful varieties!

  • Species: Capsicum Chinense
  • Heat Level : 855,000–1,000,000 SHUs
  • Type : Super Hot
  • Flavor: Fruity
  • Origin : USA
  • Pod Size: 3-4"
  • Plant Height: 4 ft.
  • Days to Harvest : 90+ Days

Grow other Ghost varieties in our collection of Ghost Pepper Seeds and Ghost Pepper Plants !

We also carry spicy Ghost Pepper Snacks & Spices to tide you over until your peppers arrive!



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  • Plant Size: 4 ft.
  • Origin: USA
  • SHU: 855,000-1,000,000
  • Days to Harvest: 80+ Days

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Great pepper seeds, came right up, looking for lots of fruits just like last year. Makes great hot sauces.

We grow 6,000 to 10,000 hot pepper plants (several varieties) every year on our small farm in Vermont, zone 5a. I purchased 100 count packs of Red Ghost, Yellow Ghost and Fatalli seeds for this year and started them in a small greenhouse with heat mats in early March. Germination was near or at 100 percent and they are some of the nicest plants we have grown here. They'll be transplanted in a few weeks, I'm looking forward to seeing what the yields will be this fall. 5 stars from a professional pepper grower in a cold climate.

As you may guess from the title, I haven't started the seeds yet. Bought them for next spring inadvance. But customer service, presentation, ease of purchase and quick shipping times has been awesome. Not to mention the five mystery super-hot seeds included is a nice touch. I've grown yellow ghost a couple years ago and absolutely love how productive these plants are, so have very high hopes fir these seeds as well. I'll certainly share a follow up review once I get to planting these seeds!

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Home » Chili Pepper Types » Superhot Chili Peppers » Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) - All About Them

Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) - All About Them

by Mike Hultquist · Jul 6, 2021 · 10 Comments ·

The ghost pepper (aka the Bhut Jolokia) is one of the hottest peppers in the world, topping over 1 Million Scoville Heat Units. Learn more about it.

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Ghost Pepper Scoville Heat Units: 855,000 – 1,041,427 SHU Capsicum Chinense

What is a Ghost Pepper?

The ghost pepper (aka the Bhut Jolokia) is one of the hottest peppers in the world, topping over 1 Million SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

It was awarded the distinction of the World's Hottest of All Spices by the Guinness World Records in 2006, topping the  Red Savina Habanero , though was eventually toppled several times over. The current record holder for the hottest pepper in the world is the Carolina Reaper .

Ripe peppers measure 2.5 to 3.3 inches long and are usually red, though there are red, yellow, orange, white, purple or chocolate color varieties. They originate in Northern India and the peppers have been around for generations, though only cultivated in the western world since the turn of the century.

History of the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)

The ghost pepper was in the running for the hottest pepper in the world for quite some time - in fact, it actually held the Guinness Book of World Record's record for the world's hottest pepper from 2007 until 2010.

The bhut jolokia is a naturally growing pepper that can be found primarily in northeastern India and neighboring Bangladesh.

However, species can also be found in Sri Lanka occasionally. Due to the fact that "bhut" means "ghost" in the Assam language, this pepper is often called the "ghost pepper," in the Western world. These peppers have dented skin that is very thin and easy to tear.

Why is a Ghost Pepper Called a Ghost Pepper?

The word "bhut" means "ghost", given from the Bhutias people, possibly because the heat sneaks up on you like a ghost.

It is also known by the following names - Naga Jolokia, Bhut Jolokia, Bih jolokia, Nagahari, Raja Mircha, Raja chilli, Borbih jolokiai or Ghost Chili.

Note: "Naga" mean "Cobra Snake" in Sanskrit.

How Hot is a Ghost Pepper? (Ghost Pepper Scoville Rating)

The Ghost Pepper measures in at 1,000,000 + Scoville Heat Units. It offers up some intense heat.

They were officially the hottest peppers around, declared the World's Hottest of All Spices by the Guinness World Records in 2006, though was eventually dethroned by a new wave of superhot chili peppers .

The hottest ghost pepper is 416 times hotter than the mildest  jalapeno pepper , which averages about 5,000 Scoville Heat Units on the Scoville Scale , and about 208 times hotter than the average jalapeno pepper and about 3 times hotter than the hottest habanero pepper. Quite hot!

A Pile of Ghost Peppers

Carolina Reaper Vs Ghost Peppers

You can certainly compare a ghost pepper to a Carolina Reaper propagated by Ed Currie as both are intensely hot and both offer up a sweet, fruity flavor. However, as hot as the ghost pepper is, the Carolina Reaper has more than double the heat of the ghost pepper when it is as it's hottest.

Ghost peppers top out at 1,041,427 SHU, where the Carolina Reaper reaches 2.2 Million SHU. 

Ghost Pepper Taste and Heat

Ghost peppers offer an intense fruity, sweet chili flavor. The heat does not kick in for 30 - 45 seconds. Once the heat kicks in, expect sweating, watery eyes, hiccups and shortness of breath. The burning generally intensifies over 10 - 15 minutes and subsides after 30 - 40 minutes.

I personally enjoy them for their fruitiness and the fact that the peppers don't sting you with heat like a scorpion pepper (see this superhot - Trinidad Moruga Scorpion ). Instead, they offer a wonderful blooming heat that blooms. It is pleasurable if you can stand that level of heat.

You can reduce some of the heat by removing the pepper innards before cooking, but with superhots, much of the capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot), reaches into the flesh, so they'll still be hot. Consider using them sparingly, or introducing a dairy, which helps to tame the heat.

Cooking with Ghost Peppers (Bhut Jolokia)

Because of their intense heat, but also because of their fruity flavor, ghost peppers are great for making hot sauces , for dehydrating into powders or chili flakes , or for chopping and cooking into larger meals, like pots of stew or pots of chili .

The heat will really bloom in a large pot. A little goes a long way. Use them as you'd use a habanero, but remember that they are much hotter, up to 5 times the heat level. Use caution when cooking with them. Wear gloves and protect your eyes.

See this post on Cooking with Superhot Chili Peppers for more ideas.

Can Eating Ghost Peppers Kill You?

Eating extremely hot chili peppers in large enough amounts can harm you, but it would take A LOT. According to Dr. Paul Bosland of the Chile Pepper Institute, if you ate a large amount in a short period of time, it could kill you.

He said, "A research study in 1980 calculated that 3 pounds of extreme chilies in powder form eaten all at once could kill a 150-pound person," Bosland, told Live Science. "However, one's body would react sooner and not allow it to happen." Potential results could be seizures, heart attacks, and even death. 

However, 3 pounds of chili powder is an incredible amount, and it would be practically impossible to consume. That would be roughly equivalent to 12 pounds of fresh ghost peppers. 

That said, eating them in moderation can be good for you, as chili peppers offer all sorts of health benefits . 

I eat them all the time and love them. 

Growing Ghost Peppers

Growing these peppers can be difficult, as ghosts like more humidity and heat. They are native to India and that particular climate, so grow best in those conditions. I've been able to grow them in my own home garden in Zone 5 with good success. The peppers grow to a good size and have great heat to them, and the plants are quite productive.

You might consider growing them in a greenhouse where you can control temperature and humidity more directly. Plant them 18-24 inches apart. They prefer warm soil and full sun. The seeds typically germinate around 35 days and mature 100 days after planting. 

Pepper plants grow from 24-48 inches in height. The fruit of the ghost peppers measure 2-3 inches long.

Learn more about growing chili peppers here .

How Much Does a Ghost Pepper Weigh?

An average sized pepper is about 1/3 ounce, so be sure to plan your recipes accordingly.

Bhut Jolokia Chili Peppers

Handle Ghost Peppers with Caution

When working with any  super hot peppers, it is important to wear gloves when handling the peppers both in raw and dried forms. The oils can get on your skin and cause burning sensations. 

Also, the fumes from the chili peppers and/or the fine pepper powders may get into the air if you are not working in a well ventilated room. Work with a fan and open windows, if possible. A mask and goggles can help in extreme situations to keep oils and fumes from your skin and eyes. Superhot chili peppers , truly, are called superhots for a reason.

If you do experience burning sensations, see my post on  How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn On Your Skin .

Ghost Pepper Recipes

I love cooking with the heat and flavor of ghost peppers and have a number of spicy foods recipes to share with you. 

  • Ghost Pepper Jelly
  • Ghost Pepper Salsa
  • Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa
  • Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon
  • Sweet Ghost Pepper-Pineapple-Pear Hot Sauce
  • Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Spicy Chicken Curry
  • Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings
  • Pineapple-Mango Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Roasted Ghost Pepper Sauce
  • Homemade Ghost Pepper Chili Hot Sauce
  • Homemade Ghost Pepper Chili Powder
  • Homemade Ghost Pepper Chips
  • Phaal Curry (the Hottest Curry in the World)

Learn More About Superhot Chili Peppers

  • Chili Pepper Types - Here is a list of chili peppers
  • What is the Hottest Chili Pepper in the World?
  • A List of the Hottest Chili Peppers in the World
  • Carolina Reaper
  • Brain Strain Peppers
  • Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
  • Chocolate Bhutlah

List of Chili Peppers Organized by Heat Levels

  • Sweet and Mild Chili Peppers
  • Medium Heat Level Chili Peppers
  • Medium-Hot Chili Peppers
  • Hot Chili Peppers
  • Superhot Chili Peppers

Got any questions? Feel free to contact me anytime. Happy to help!

NOTE: This content was updated on 7/6/21 to include new information. It was originally published on 10/23/13.

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Pallabi says

September 08, 2021 at 9:18 pm

lorraine Johns says

September 02, 2021 at 5:20 am

Hi Would they be ok in a jerk seasoning?

Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

September 02, 2021 at 5:37 am

It would be great, Lorraine. Nice and hot!

August 16, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Great info! My ghosts are starting to ripen and turn red! Would you recommend ghosts for a salsa? I’m planning on making hot sauce, but not sure if it will go well with salsa? Thanks!

August 20, 2021 at 6:32 am

Absolutely! The post includes links to a couple ghost pepper salsa recipes . Enjoy!

Jérémie says

July 06, 2021 at 11:26 am

July 06, 2021 at 11:31 am

Thanks, Jérémie! I love ghost peppers so much!

Naveen bhandari says

July 12, 2020 at 12:03 am

Hi Mike, is there a degradation in flavour or taste or color to this ghost chilli pepper when subjected to 180 degree temperature ? Can this handle this kind of cooking temperature ? We want to use this as one of the ingredient in our final product called “khakra”which is like roasted wheat crisps.

July 12, 2020 at 11:27 am

Naveen, you'll still get plenty of heat and flavor after cooking with ghost peppers. Great ingredient to work with! Let me know how it goes with the crisps. Sounds wonderful!

Kris Swanson says

August 07, 2017 at 1:08 am

I am trying to find the bhut jolokia pepper in my local grocery store and it's hit and miss. I'm looking for the dried pepper. I grind it up and use it in my artisan cheese. Am I able to order direct through you? Thank you.

REPLY: Kris, sorry, but no, we don't sell pods. Check the Resources link at the top. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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Ghost Peppers vs. Habaneros

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Add more than a bit of spice to the pepper plants in your garden with ghost pepper plants ( Bhut jolokia ). Native to India, ghost peppers are a hybrid of the species Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens. They are over 200 times hotter than jalapeños .

The plants have green stems and foliage. The peppers typically come in red, though they also can be orange, yellow, or chocolate. And they stretch roughly 2 to 4 inches long. A healthy ghost pepper plant can produce up to 100 peppers. Ghost pepper plants are perennial in zones 8 to 11 but can be grown as annuals in cooler climates. They are very slow-growing peppers, requiring around 120 days or more to mature, and they should be planted in the spring.

How to Plant Ghost Peppers

When to plant.

Because ghost peppers require such a long growing season, it's best to start seeds indoors around eight to 12 weeks before your area’s last spring frost date. They can be planted outside once the nighttime temperatures are reliably above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Selecting a Planting Site

The planting site should get lots of sun and have well-draining soil. Container growth is also an option. High and consistent temperatures and humidity also are essential for healthy growth. Ghost peppers don't like fluctuations in their environment, which is why many gardeners opt to grow them in controlled greenhouse spaces. 

Spacing, Depth, and Support

Plant seeds around 1/4 inch deep, and situate nursery plants at the same depth they were in their previous container. Space the plants 2 to 3 feet apart. You might need to stake your plants to prevent the stems from breaking when they're heavy with peppers, especially if your plants are exposed to strong winds.

Ghost Pepper Plant Care

During their four- to five-month growing period, the plants require consistently hot, bright, direct sunlight. When growing them indoors, supplementing natural light with grow lights is required. They should receive at least six hours of full sun on most days.

Loamy , well-drained soil with a slightly acidic soil pH is best for ghost pepper plants. Add some organic matter, such as compost, into the soil at the beginning of the growing season, especially if the soil is sandy.

A good rule of thumb is to wait for the top two inches of soil to dry before watering ghost pepper plants. Aim to maintain a regular watering schedule, as inconsistent watering can shock the plants.

Temperature and Humidity

Ghost pepper plants are extremely particular about their temperature and humidity conditions to produce a crop of fruit . They must have a growing season of longer than three months in temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. Four to five months of extreme heat and humidity is ideal. Rapid temperature changes and cold periods can cause ghost pepper plants to drop their flowers or fail to thrive.

Fertilize ghost pepper plants immediately after planting, and then twice more throughout the growing season, using a balanced fertilizer . Although it might be tempting, do not fertilize ghost pepper plants more often than that, as they are very sensitive to overfeeding.


Ghost pepper plants are self-pollinators with the help of animals and the wind.

Ghost peppers and habaneros are closely related. However, ghost peppers are slightly larger than habaneros and are significantly hotter. Plus, habaneros have a slightly fruity taste while heat dominates the flavor of ghost peppers . 

Harvesting Ghost Peppers

As ghost peppers ripen, they typically will turn from green to red. Bright red color and slight wrinkling of the skin are signs that they have reached full maturity. Reaching maturity will take between 120 and 150 days on average. They can be harvested at any stage of development if desired, but they are spiciest when fully mature. This is because the compound responsible for the spice in ghost peppers, capsaicin, increases in concentration until the peppers reach full maturity. 

Always wear protective apparel when harvesting ghost peppers, and be careful to avoid touching your eyes or skin after handling the hot chilis. They can cause burning or stinging via skin contact. Cut peppers off the plant with a knife or pruners, leaving around an inch of stem. They can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week in plastic. They also can be dried. 

How to Grow Ghost Peppers in Pots

Growing ghost peppers in pots is a good option in case you need to move the plants indoors to protect them from an unexpected cold snap. Select a pot that’s at least a foot wide and deep per plant to give the roots plenty of room. And make sure the pot has ample drainage holes. Unglazed clay is a good container material to allow excess soil moisture to evaporate through its walls. If the pot has a saucer, promptly empty it if it collects water. You'll likely have to water a container plant more often than plants grown in the ground. But make sure the soil is never waterlogged.

Pinching back the stem tips as ghost pepper plants grow is recommended to encourage bushier growth, but it is not essential.

Propagating Ghost Peppers

Ghost pepper plants can be propagated via stem cuttings , though this is not always successful. Still, it is an inexpensive way to essentially clone a plant that is particularly vigorous or otherwise preferable. The best time to take a cutting is in the late spring to early summer when the plant is actively growing and before it is producing fruit. Here's how:

  • Cut a 4- to 6-inch piece of healthy stem. 
  • Remove the foliage on the lower half of the stem, as well as any flower buds. 
  • Dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and then plant it in moist soilless potting mix. 
  • Keep the cutting in a bright, warm spot, and maintain a moist but not soggy growing medium. Roots should start to form in about three weeks.

How to Grow Ghost Peppers From Seed

Ghost pepper seeds can take three weeks or longer to germinate. Before planting, soak seeds in hydrogen peroxide for a minute to increase germination success. Then, plant them in a moist seed-starting mix that is between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It's critical to keep the temperature and moisture level consistent. Use full-sun fluorescent grow lights to maintain temperatures when starting seeds indoors.

Potting and Repotting Ghost Peppers

When potting ghost pepper plants, ensuring that the growing medium drains well is of utmost importance. Use a quality organic potting mix. Aim to use a pot that will accommodate the plant's full size right from the start, so you don't have to disturb it by repotting.

Unless you have a climate-controlled greenhouse, it is very difficult to maintain the right amount of heat, humidity, and light for ghost pepper plants over the winter. This is why many gardeners treat the plant as an annual outside of its growing zones.

Common Pests and Plant Diseases

Ghost pepper plants are susceptible to several common pests and diseases when grown both outdoors and indoors. Some of the pests most likely to afflict a ghost pepper plant include aphids , spider mites , slugs, snails, and thrips . Common bacterial and fungal diseases include anthracnose , bacterial leaf spot, powdery mildew , and pepper mosaic. The best way to keep a ghost pepper plant healthy is to conduct regular inspections and catch issues early. Treat problems with organic methods to maintain the edibility of the peppers.

Ghost pepper plants can be tricky to grow. They need consistent levels of high heat and humidity.

Ghost peppers take around four months from planting to maturity on average.

Ghost peppers are perennial in hot, humid climates. But in other areas, they are often treated as an annual.

Ghost pepper production . University of Florida

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The Ghost pepper emerged as a record setting pepper when it burst onto the scene in 2007, rating at just over 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units. Although the red version of the Yellow Ghost pepper is no longer the hottest pepper in the world, it’s still as popular as ever. The name Ghost pepper simply comes from the pepper’s official Indian name, the Bhut Jolokia. Bhut in Indian means “ghost.” This is the Yellow Ghost pepper.

The Yellow Ghost pepper, which is wrinkly and pointy, has a very fruity flavor that kicks in almost immediately after consumption. The extreme heat builds up for several minutes and eventually creates a powerful endorphin rush. From 2007 to 2012, Guinness World Records certified that the Ghost pepper was the world's hottest pepper. Eventually the Ghost pepper was overtaken by the  Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper  and the  Trinidad Moruga Scorpion  as the world’s hottest pepper. In 2013, both of those peppers were taken over by the  Carolina Reaper.

Some of the most popular hot sauces in the world feature the Ghost pepper as the main hot pepper ingredient. The recent surge in spicy food and beverage items often cite Ghost pepper as a main ingredient, such as  Ghost pepper burgers ,  Ghost pepper chips ,  and  craft beers that are brewed with Ghost peppers .

There are  several different colored strains of the Ghost pepper ,  including the  Red Ghost pepper ,  White Ghost pepper ,  Peach Ghost pepper ,  Chocolate Ghost pepper ,  and  Yellow Ghost pepper .  The Ghost pepper is related to the  Naga Viper ,  Dorset Naga,    Naga  Morich,   Chocolate Bhutlah ,  and  Jay’s Peach Ghost Scorpion.

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These are really productive and taste quite nice, i picked up seeds from Tyler farms and they all grew very nicely. I also got a free packet mystery seeds, and they grew some really cool pods. Highly recommend this pepper.

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I've grown the red ones before and love this chile even more. I don't know why but it seems like the taste of the yellow one is better than red. Anyone else feel that way?

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Maybe it's the yellow color that I like, but these peppers are fun to look at as well as consume. Thanks for the seeds Tyler Farms!

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When To Pick Ghost Peppers (With Pictures)

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The best part of gardening is the harvesting season. For new growers, it can be tough to know when to pick ghost peppers and other chilies. Thankfully, it is easy!

In this article, I’ll share how to know when to pick ghost peppers . I’ll also show our simple method for harvesting ghost peppers from the plant so you can get picking.

Harvesting a red ghost pepepr pod from the plant

Types Of Ghost Peppers

As with any common pepper cultivar, such as jalapeno, bell pepper, or cayenne, there are many different varieties of ghost pepper. Most growers focus on the classic red bhut jolokia, but there is a wide selection, each with its own unique characteristics.

Different ghost pepper types may ripen to red, dark green, mustard, brown, orange, yellow, or peach . In this article, we’ll focus on harvesting the classic red ghost pepper, but here are a few other types that you may be growing.

Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion Peppers

Ghost Pepper Growth Stages

To understand when to harvest ghost peppers, it is helpful to know the plant’s stages. Since ghost pepper plants are not as common as other varieties, you are likely growing yours from a young age. Here are the four main ghost pepper growth stages with pictures.

1. Seedling stage . Ghost peppers start off growing very slowly, developing their first sets of leaves and establishing a root system. The plants are fragile at this stage and should be kept under grow lights for 14-16 hours per day.

Pepper Seedling Trays

2. Vegetative stage . After the seedlings have been alive for 3-4 weeks, ghost peppers are transplanted into larger containers. Transplanting at the right time is important to avoid root bound plants and to maintain consistent and speedy growth. The length of this stage will be dependent on container size, with smaller containers leading to earlier flowering.

Bhut Jolokia Solid Gold pepper plant

3. Flowering and fruiting . Once a ghost pepper plant reaches a mature size, it will begin producing flowers. Flowers ultimately become the fruits, so the more buds the better. Pollinators such as bees and flies will fertilize flowers and initiate fruiting. Fruits typically take 1-2 weeks to reach a full size.

Ghost Pepper Flower

4. Ripening stage . After ghost pepper fruits reach their full size, they will begin the ripening process. This stage will test your patience, as ghost peppers can take 4-6 weeks to change color and become fully ripe!

Underside of ripening ghost pepper plant bhut jolokia

How Long Do Ghost Peppers Take To Grow (Time to Harvest)?

Ghost peppers are among the Capsicum chinense species, and most varieties within this species require a long growing season. From planting to harvesting ripe ghost peppers can take anywhere from 130-150 days (4.5+ months) or longer !

In our experience, ghost pepper plants will not produce too many peppers when temperatures are very high (above 90°F). In fact, our plants usually produce best later in the season, after the hottest part of the summer is over.

When To Pick Ghost Peppers

How can you tell when a ghost pepper is ready to be picked? The best way to know when to pick ghost peppers is to wait for the pepper to change its color .

For example, red ghost peppers will ripen from green to a bright red color when they are fully mature. Never pick a ghost pepper before it has ripened (unless you have to).

Red ghost pepper changing color on plant.

How long does it take? Once you see your ghost pepper begin to change color, it should be fully ripe within 7-10 days. This will depend on the weather conditions, but in general it is pretty quick.

One other thing to consider before harvesting is seed saving. If you plan to save the seeds from one of your ghost peppers, leave the pepper on the plant to ripen for an additional week after changing colors. This will ensure the seeds inside are fully developed before the pepper is removed from the plant.

Will Ghost Peppers Change Color Off The Plant?

After picking a pepper that was not fully ripe, will it continue to change color? This depends largely on the stage at which the pod was harvested.

If you pick a ghost pepper that was partially ripe (color had begun to change), then it will continue to ripen through to its final color.

Black Panther orange pod partially ripe

However, if you pick a very immature green ghost pepper, there is a good chance that it will not change colors off the plant. Green ghost peppers are still edible (and will have plenty of heat and flavor).

How To Pick Ghost Peppers

If you are not sure how to safely harvest ghost peppers, there are some simple techniques that we recommend. Thankfully, the outer skin of ghost peppers do not contain any capsaicin, so harvesting bare handed is okay (as long as you are careful).

  • Find ripe peppers (color fully changed)
  • Hold green stem
  • Pull up and away from the plant

Tip: If you are nervous about getting capsaicin on your hands (peppers can break open while picking), wear a pair of nitrile gloves . Nitrile are the only type we have tried that truly keeps the oils from getting through to your skin.

To better illustrate how easy harvesting ghost peppers is, watch our video below. The plant in the video was about 7 months old when we harvested about 150 ripe pods from it.

Watch us harvest our huge ghost pepper plant (video):

Will Ghost Peppers Continue Producing?

So you’ve harvested the ghost peppers from your plant, but will it continue to produce peppers? Or do ghost pepper plants die after they fruit?

Thankfully, ghost peppers are perennial in nature, meaning that they can live for many years, producing many flushes of fruits . They will require nutrients, warmth, and plenty of sunshine to produce another strong harvest.

What will kill a ghost pepper plant is freezing weather. Most growers in winter climates will allow plants to die in the cold weather. I always leave late peppers out as long as possible before the first frost comes.

If you don’t want to let your plant die, you can always overwinter it and keep it alive indoors until next spring. This may or may not be worth the effort to you, but if you have a healthy plant, it is an option.

Can I Pick Ghost Peppers Before They Ripen?

As the season draws to a close, you are likely to have some unripe ghost peppers left on the plant. This can cause a dilemma; leave the plants out and risk frost damage, or pick the peppers early?

In short, ghost peppers can be eaten unripe (green), but will likely have less heat and less sweetness . If you can, always wait for the peppers to ripen to their final color before picking.

Unripe Ghost Peppers

If temperatures are dropping into the 40s (Fahrenheit) or lower, you can bring potted plants into a warm room overnight to prolong the season a few weeks. In-ground plants can be protected from cold weather with protective row cover fabric .

Are Ripe Ghost Peppers Hotter?

If you’re growing ghost peppers, you probably want them to be as spicy as possible, right? Well, thankfully this topic has been studied from many different angles.

In this study , peppers were found to produce optimal capsaicin levels around 45-50 days after fruit set. After that, the capsaicin levels declined.

Based on these results, your ghost peppers should be at their hottest about 6 weeks after setting fruits , or right around the time the peppers change color. Learn more about growing hotter peppers .

Tips for growing hotter ghost peppers:

  • Keep them warm . Warmer climates tend to grow hotter peppers, and particularly, warm nighttime temperatures. If you have a greenhouse, use it to keep the plants warm through fall.
  • Water less after fruits form . Reducing watering after the fruits form has been shown to increase capsaicin levels.
  • Fertilize with higher nitrogen . If you’re going for heat, it has been shown that hot peppers become hotter with more nitrogen during fruiting. They also become hotter under stressful conditions, with very low nitrogen availability.

I hope this article helps you know when to pick ghost peppers from your plants. Harvesting is the most exciting part of growing hot peppers, and I hope you enjoy the heat!

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Wednesday 13th of September 2023

When does the ghost pepper turn white? I have a Joekpa white ghost chilli plant, most the fruit has turned red but nothing more? Have I been misold the type of chilli or is this just a process prior to turning white??

Friday 15th of September 2023

Sounds like it may not be the variety promised by your seed seller. This often happens when the variety is unstable, some of the plant's characteristics can revert

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Saturday 22nd of April 2023

What time should I expect the plant to flower? I am around 5-6 weeks in, as the weather where I live is very hot, but still no flowering

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Thursday 15th of June 2023

@Sean Traxler, my ghost pepper plants started flowering at the beginning of June... lots of flowers now, and some small fruits have set, just two weeks later. I put mine outside (small transplants) in mid April, in Tulsa, OK, zone 7a. So, that would be approximately 6 weeks from transplant, perhaps as much as 9 to 10 weeks from germination. You should definitely have fruits by now, even if your 5-6 weeks was based on planting or germination date.

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Richard Ahern

Sunday 28th of August 2022

good read I have problems with reaper leaves are curling

I have some Purple Bhut Jolokia peppers that are producing beautifully and the colourscare amazing going from green, to light Purple to Purple to almost black/purple.

I have read that they will turn red but when should they be harvested?

Monday 29th of August 2022

Ghosts are always best picked fully ripe for flavor and heat. However, you can pick one or two early to see if you like the unripe taste.

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Ghost Pepper – All about Heat, Flavor, Uses, Substitutes

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🗺️ Origin and history | 🌶️ Uses | ✨ Appearance and taste | 🌶️ Types | 🧑‍🌾 Growing – gardening | 👨‍🍳 Cooking – recipes | 🛒 Where to buy | 🫙 How to store | 👨‍⚕️ Health benefits | 🌶️ Alternatives and substitutes | ❓ Frequently asked questions

What is Ghost Pepper?

The ghost pepper, also known as Bhut Jolokia, is a variety of chili pepper indigenous to Northeast India. When fully matured, these elongated, vibrantly-colored peppers transition from shades of green to intense red, orange, or chocolate brown. Often found in dried or powdered form, ghost peppers are also utilized in their fresh state for making hot sauces, salsas, and other spicy condiments. They are sometimes called Naga Jolokia or ghost chilies.

Ghost peppers are renowned for their exceptional spiciness, registering significantly higher on the Scoville scale than other well-known chili varieties like jalapeños or habaneros . However, despite their remarkable heat, ghost peppers exhibit a distinctly fruity and mildly sweet taste.

Are Ghost Peppers spicy? How hot are they?

Ghost pepper scoville: 855,000 to 1,041,427 SHU

Ghost peppers are notorious for their extreme heat, ranking significantly higher on the Scoville scale than many other chili varieties. Ghost pepper Scoville ratings typically range between 855,000 and 1,041,427 Scoville heat units; for comparison, jalapeños usually register between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units. Ghost peppers even more significantly surpass less spicy peppers, like heatless bell peppers (0 Scoville units) and banana peppers , which have a heat level akin to pepperoncini (100-500 Scoville units).

On the other hand, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and the Carolina Reaper offer even more intense heat levels, surpassing the ghost pepper’s extraordinary spiciness. In addition, chili peppers offer a wide range of heat profiles to suit every preference and palate.


Where do ghost peppers come from.

Ghost peppers, or Bhut Jolokia, are indigenous to northeastern India, specifically the states of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. These potent chili peppers have been integral to the region’s culinary and cultural traditions for centuries. Ghost peppers were eventually introduced to other parts of the world, gaining popularity among spice enthusiasts and daring food lovers. Today, ghost peppers are cultivated in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, further expanding their influence and reputation as one of the world’s hottest chili peppers.

Uses for ghost pepper

What are Ghost Peppers good for? How to use them?

Ghost peppers are incredibly versatile and can be used in the kitchen in numerous ways, providing intense heat and a unique flavor to dishes. They are often incorporated into hot sauces, salsas, and other condiments, adding a fiery kick.

Ghost pepper hot sauces are famous for bringing significant heat to any meal. These sauces can be used as a condiment for tacos and burgers or a dipping sauce for wings. Ghost pepper hot sauces provide heat and impart a fruity, slightly sweet undertone that enhances a dish’s overall flavor.

Ghost pepper salsa is another delicious way to incorporate this chili pepper into your culinary creations. Combining ghost pepper with tomatoes, onions, and other ingredients creates a spicy and flavorful salsa perfect for dipping tortilla chips or topping your favorite Mexican dishes. The intense heat of the ghost pepper pairs well with the acidity of the tomatoes, creating a well-balanced, fiery, and tasty salsa.

A unique way to use ghost peppers is by creating ghost pepper salt. Combining dried, ground ghost peppers with coarse sea salt can produce a spicy seasoning that adds a kick to any dish. This salt can be sprinkled on grilled meats and roasted vegetables or even used to rim the glass of a spicy cocktail.

Ghost pepper wine is an unconventional and intriguing use of these chili peppers. Infusing ghost peppers into wine creates a distinct beverage with a surprising combination of fruity, sweet, and spicy flavors. This daring concoction is perfect for those seeking a new and exciting experience. However, be forewarned that the spiciness of the ghost pepper wine is not for the faint of heart; drinking it straight should be approached with caution and an adventurous spirit.


What do ghost peppers look like.

Ghost peppers are medium-sized, pod-like, elongated chili peppers with a wrinkled, rough surface. They typically measure between 2 and 3 inches in length and about 1-2 inches in width. The peppers transform color as they ripen, starting as green and turning a vibrant red or orange when fully mature. Their distinct appearance, featuring a pointed tip and thin, crinkled skin, sets them apart from other chili varieties. When dried, ghost peppers have a dark reddish-brown hue and a more pronounced wrinkled texture.

What does Ghost Pepper taste like?

Ghost peppers have an intense, fiery heat and a surprisingly fruity and sweet undertone. The initial taste can be deceptive, as the mild sweetness quickly gives way to a powerful, lingering spiciness. The heat from the ghost pepper builds gradually, reaching its peak intensity after a few moments. Although their extreme heat may not suit everyone, the unique blend of sweetness and spiciness has won over many chili enthusiasts and adventurous eaters who appreciate these peppers’ complex flavor profile.

What are the different types of Ghost Peppers?

Ghost peppers are available in various colors, each with distinct characteristics. Here, we delve into three unique types: yellow, peach, and purple ghost peppers.

The yellow ghost pepper features a vibrant yellow hue and a fruity, citrusy taste. While still intense, its heat level is slightly milder than the more common red ghost pepper. As a result, yellow ghost peppers work well in dishes with a touch of brightness and a powerful kick, such as salsas, hot sauces, and marinades.

Peach ghost peppers are unique due to their pale orange or peach-colored appearance. They also possess a slightly sweet and fruity flavor while still packing the intense heat of ghost peppers. The peach ghost pepper’s distinctive color and taste make it an excellent choice for adding visual appeal and a fiery punch to various recipes, including spicy jams and jellies.

The purple ghost pepper is a rare variety characterized by its deep purple color, sometimes appearing almost black. This visually striking pepper maintains the extreme heat of its ghost pepper siblings with a slightly earthy and fruity flavor profile. The purple ghost pepper’s dramatic appearance adds an exotic touch to dishes, making it a popular choice for creating a unique and unforgettable culinary experience.


How to grow ghost pepper.

Ghost peppers are an exciting option for cultivating. These peppers thrive in warm climates with ample sunlight and can be grown in the ground and in containers. To successfully grow ghost peppers, ensure they are planted in well-draining soil and watered consistently. These peppers also benefit from regular fertilization.

When to pick Ghost Pepper?

Typically, ghost peppers require 120-150 days to reach full maturity (depending on the growing conditions). Therefore, harvesting the peppers regularly is essential, encouraging further growth and yield as they ripen. Though their long maturation period can make ghost peppers challenging to grow, the reward of having homegrown, intensely spicy peppers is well worth the effort for both gardening enthusiasts and chili lovers.

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Cooking / recipe ideas for ghost pepper.

Known for their intense heat and distinct flavor, ghost peppers can be incorporated into various dishes for a fiery twist. One popular use is ghost pepper hot sauce, which adds a powerful kick to everything from tacos to eggs. To make this sauce, blend ghost peppers with garlic, onion, vinegar, and a touch of honey or sugar for a balanced flavor. The result is a versatile and spicy sauce you’ll want to drizzle on all your favorite dishes.

Ghost pepper cheese is another delicious way to enjoy the heat of ghost peppers. Many specialty cheese makers produce spicy cheeses infused with ghost pepper powder, which adds a fiery punch. These cheeses can be added to sandwiches and burgers or served on a cheese platter for an adventurous experience.

Ghost pepper powder is a convenient way to incorporate the heat and flavor of ghost peppers into your cooking. Use it as a seasoning for meats, vegetables, or even popcorn. A little goes a long way, so be cautious when adding it to your recipes.

Ghost pepper jelly is a unique condiment that combines fruit preserves’ sweetness with the ghost peppers’ heat. Spread it on toast, serve it with cream cheese and crackers, or use it as a glaze for grilled meats. Either way, the combination of sweet and spicy will surely please those who love bold flavors.

For an Asian-inspired dish, try making ghost pepper noodles. Toss cooked noodles with a sauce made from soy sauce, sesame oil, ghost pepper powder, and your choice of vegetables or protein. The result is a delicious, spicy noodle dish perfect for a quick dinner.

Finally, ghost pepper wings offer a fiery spin on a classic appetizer. Toss your favorite chicken wings in a sauce made from melted butter, ghost pepper hot sauce, and a touch of honey for a spicy, sticky, and addictive treat. Serve these wings at your next gathering and watch them quickly disappear.


Where can i buy ghost pepper.

Ghost peppers can be found either fresh or dried at select grocery stores. Try looking in specialty food stores, ethnic markets, or farmers’ markets if you cannot find them at your local grocery store. You can also purchase ghost peppers online from various websites and deliver them to your doorstep.

When purchasing, choose firm ghost peppers with vibrant colors. Avoid peppers that are soft, shriveled, or have dark spots on them, as they could be past their prime.

In addition to fresh or dried peppers, you can also find various ghost pepper products, such as hot sauces, salts, and powders. You can usually find these items available in the spice or condiment sections of grocery stores or online retailers.

Where can I buy Ghost Pepper plants?

You can purchase your ghost pepper plants from garden centers or nurseries specializing in selling vegetable plants. You can also buy the plants online from various websites.

When choosing ghost pepper plants, look for healthy plants with strong stems and green leaves. Avoid those that look wilted or have yellow leaves, as they could be unhealthy.

Where can I buy Ghost Pepper seeds?

You can purchase ghost pepper seeds online or from a local garden center to grow plants from seed. When planting ghost pepper seeds, follow the instructions on the seed packet and plant them in a location with plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil.

How to store ghost peppers


How do i store ghost peppers.

You can keep fresh ghost peppers in the fridge for two weeks. To preserve them longer, put the peppers in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container and place it in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer.

Store dried ghost peppers and products like powders and flakes in a cool, dry area away from sunlight. Use airtight containers to ensure their freshness and avoid moisture contamination.

Can Ghost Peppers be frozen?

Ghost peppers can be frozen. First, clean the peppers and detach the stems. Next, arrange the peppers neatly in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them for a few hours. After frozen, move the peppers into an airtight container or plastic freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to six months.


Are ghost peppers healthy.

Ghost peppers are low in calories but high in fiber, making them nutritious for your diet. They also provide vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, and vitamin A, essential for maintaining healthy eyes and skin.

Ghost peppers also contain capsaicin, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Research has also demonstrated that capsaicin can enhance metabolism and support weight loss.

However, some individuals might experience gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming spicy foods like ghost peppers. Therefore, if you feel discomfort after eating ghost peppers, lessen your intake or avoid them.

Additionally, due to their extreme heat, consuming large quantities of ghost peppers is difficult, meaning that the nutritional benefits may be limited by the small amounts typically consumed.


What’s a good ghost pepper alternative.

Are you searching for suitable ghost pepper substitutes? There are several options available to cater to various heat preferences. For a milder alternative, use habanero peppers; although still spicy, they possess less heat than ghost peppers and work well in sauces and salsas.

Cayenne peppers offer a more moderate heat option with a distinct flavor that can be incorporated into various dishes like curries and stews. Finally, consider serrano peppers to reduce the spiciness further; they can be used in salsas, sauces, and soups while still providing a kick.

For a more versatile, milder choice, jalapeño peppers do well in many recipes. Remember to remove the seeds and membranes to reduce the spiciness. Jalapeños also provide a subtle spiciness that doesn’t overpower the dish, making them an excellent substitute for those who prefer less heat.

RELATED: Read our in-depth guide about ghost pepper substitutes

How do you pronounce ghost pepper?

The ghost pepper is pronounced gohst PEH-per .


Faq about ghost peppers, can ghost peppers burn your skin.

Yes, ghost peppers can cause skin irritation due to their high capsaicin content. Wear gloves when handling these peppers to avoid skin burns or discomfort. In this way, the capsaicin found in ghost peppers is the source of their intense heat; when it comes into contact with your skin, it can cause a burning sensation, redness, or even blisters. It's also essential to avoid touching your face after handling ghost peppers, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth, as capsaicin can cause severe pain and irritation. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling ghost peppers can minimize the risk of irritation.

Can ghost pepper kill you?

Although extremely spicy, ghost peppers are unlikely to kill healthy individuals. However, overconsumption may lead to severe gastrointestinal distress and other complications, especially for those with pre-existing conditions.

Can ghost peppers give you diarrhea?

Ghost peppers may cause diarrhea in some individuals, as their intense spiciness can irritate the digestive system, leading to gastrointestinal discomfort. In addition, the high capsaicin content in ghost peppers can also trigger the body's natural response to expel irritants, resulting in diarrhea or other digestive issues. Therefore, it's essential to consume ghost peppers in moderation and be cautious if you have a sensitive stomach or a demonstrated history of digestive problems.

Why the name ghost pepper?

The ghost pepper, Bhut Jolokia, derives its name from the Assamese language. The term "bhüt jolokia" translates to "Bhutanese pepper." Unfortunately, the word "bhüt" was mistakenly associated with the near-homonym "bhut," meaning "ghost." Consequently, the pepper's name was thought to be linked to its intense heat that creeps up on the consumer.

Is ghost pepper hotter than Carolina Reaper?

No, the Carolina Reaper is hotter than the ghost pepper. The Carolina Reaper holds the Guinness World Record for the hottest chili pepper, with Scoville heat units ranging from 1,400,000 to 2,200,000. On the flip side, the ghost pepper is one of the world's hottest, with its Scoville ratings typically ranging between 855,000 and 1,041,427 units.

Is ghost pepper hotter than habanero?

Yes, ghost peppers are substantially hotter than habanero peppers. With a Scoville rating of over 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), ghost peppers greatly surpass the heat level of habanero peppers, which typically register 100,000 to 350,000 SHU. This difference in intensity makes ghost peppers a formidable choice for those wanting a truly fiery experience.

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Ghost pepper: Diseases and Remedies (Explained for Beginners)

NOTE: The terms Ghost pepper and Bhut jolokia are identical in this text; in reality, Bhut jolokia is Ghost pepper’s biological word.

Ghost pepper plants (Bhut jolokia) add more than a bit of spice to the pepper plants in your garden. Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens are the two species of peppers that ghost peppers are a hybrid of. They’re over 200 times hotter than jalapeos.

Why does my Bhut jolokia roots have rot?


Why does my Ghost pepper have gray mold spots?

A particular fungus that frequently affects flowers and spreads quickly is known as gray mold spots. This fungus is most likely to blame if you see any brown (or gray) spots. Don’t ignore these signs because doing so could cause your plant to die.

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The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the Bhut jolokia. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.

Why does my Ghost pepper have leaf spots?


Why are my Ghost pepper leaves turning yellow?

In the world of horticulture, yellowing leaves are undoubtedly the most common problem. The two main causes of this problem are overwatering and a lack of nutrition.

Reduce your watering frequency when you fear your plants are being overwatered, and follow these steps to determine whether they may be lacking in nutrients:

Here are some indicators of yellowing on the Bhut jolokia brought on by its numerous flaws:

  • Yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves are the first sign of magnesium shortage. Veins continue to be green while the leaf’s core turns yellow. The leaf’s edges yellow last.
  • Iron deficiency also shows as yellowing between leaf veins, but it hits young leaves on plant tops and branch tips first.
  • Sulfur deficiency starts with the newest leaves, turning them yellow throughout.
  • Potassium deficiency shows itself when leaf edges turn bright yellow, but the inner leaf stays green. Older leaves show symptoms first, and leaf edges soon turn brown.
  • Nitrogen deficiency shows up as a general yellowing. Older, inner leaves turn yellow first. As it progresses, yellowing moves outward, eventually reaching young leaves, too.

You only need to respond to the signs mentioned above. A gardening store expert will be able to provide you advice on how to purchase a specific soil to treat a potassium or nitrogen deficiency. Additionally, you can reduce how often you water your plants.

Is my Ghost pepper sunburned?

It is quite easy to find out if your Ghost pepper (Bhut jolokia) has been burned by the sun. Just like on us, your plant will change color in this case, it will start to turn yellow or white.


The leaves of your Ghost pepper can also change color in case it gets too much water or not enough light, as we saw above.

However, there is a way to tell if it is sunburn; look at the bottom of the yellow leaves, the ones that have a shaded area closer to the root, if this area stays greener, it is probably sunburned, not something else.

Why are my Ghost pepper leaves turning brown?

The classic sign that a plant has been overexposed to direct sunlight and sunburned is the development of browning leaves. Rest assured that while this may probably save your plant from dying, it will adversely affect its growth.

Should I leave my Bhut jolokia in direct sunlight?

No! If your Bhut jolokia (or Ghost pepper) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your Ghost pepper is in such a state!

As explained in the paragraph above, the solution is simple, just place your Ghost pepper in a place where the light does not reach it directly, in this way and with a correct watering, your plant should resume its life rather quickly.

Why are my Bhut jolokia leaves drooping or wilting ?

In most cases, this happens when your Bhut jolokia lacks water. This is especially the case for large plants, naturally they need more water than others.


Whether your Bhut jolokia plant’s pot appears light, the soil and roots are likely fairly dry and need water, so you can readily tell if it needs to be hydrated.

If the soil in the container is completely dry, you must first moisten it to guarantee that your plant’s roots absorb the benefits of the water. One common mistake is to drown the Ghost pepper right away after a dry time because you think it needs a lot of water.

This is the case, but giving too much water at once is the best way to finish it off, you should actually water the soil normally, resuming a quiet watering rhythm.

Caring Tips for Bhut jolokia

Water occasionally.

Water is necessary for your plant to live, but timing and amount of watering must be balanced. Overwatering could have disastrous effects on your own name, as we already mentioned.

The best way to know if your plant needs water or not is to touch the soil, if you feel it is still wet, it is probably a good idea to wait a few more days.

Always keep temperatures stable

It is also a good idea to keep your Bhut jolokia at a stable temperature (especially if it is kept indoors!). At GreenShack, we generally recommend staying in the 65 and 85 degrees F range. Of course, do not place your Bhut jolokia near a source of hot (or cold) air such as A/C units, radiators or the like.

Keep your Ghost pepper Dust-Free

This one concerns indoor plants, just like on your furniture, dust is also deposited on the leaves of your indoor plants, the problem is that it can prevent them from receiving the necessary light, this would slow down (or even stop) the photosynthesis process, and eventually, they would lose their colors.

This would be a true journey into hell for your Ghost pepper and would also satisfy the pests.

Take a microfiber cloth and gently massage the plant’s leaves to get rid of the dust. Use a damp cloth to make dust removal easier, but avoid using corrosive materials like rubbing alcohol!

Keep drainage in mind

If you have a tendency to overwater, you need to keep an eye on your drainage, we advise you to opt for a pot with drainage holes if it is not already the case and a saucer.

In the meantime, if you don’t have holes in your pots, you can add volcanic rocks (or any rocks with holes) at the bottom of your pot, this way it will create a channel so that the water doesn’t stay in your skin too much (to avoid that roots start to rot!)

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If you are a chili pepper enthusiast, you might have grown some ghost pepper plants in your garden or indoors. Ghost peppers, also known as Bhut Jolokia, are one of the hottest peppers in the world, and they require special care to thrive. One of the common problems that ghost pepper growers encounter is yellowing leaves on their plants. In this article, we will discuss why ghost pepper plant leaves turn yellow and what you can do to prevent it.

Nutrient Deficiency or Imbalance

The most common reason why ghost pepper plant leaves turn yellow is due to a nutrient deficiency or imbalance. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are essential macronutrients that plants need for healthy growth. A lack of these nutrients can cause the leaves to turn yellow and eventually die.

Nitrogen deficiency is often the culprit when you see yellowing leaves on your ghost pepper plants. Nitrogen is responsible for promoting leaf growth and chlorophyll production, which gives leaves their green color. If your plant has yellowing leaves but the veins remain green, then it is likely a nitrogen deficiency.

Phosphorus deficiency is another reason why ghost pepper plant leaves turn yellow. Phosphorus helps with root development and flower production. If your plant has yellow leaves with a purple tint, it may be due to a phosphorus deficiency.

Potassium deficiency can also cause yellowing leaves on your ghost pepper plant. Potassium helps with water regulation in plants and promotes fruit development. If your plant has yellowing leaves with brown spots, it may be due to a potassium deficiency.

Overwatering or Underwatering

Overwatering or underwatering your ghost pepper plant can also cause yellowing leaves. When you overwater your plant, the soil becomes waterlogged, which can lead to root rot and nutrient deficiencies. On the other hand, underwatering your plant can cause the soil to dry out, which can also lead to nutrient deficiencies.

To determine whether your ghost pepper plant is being overwatered or underwatered, check the soil moisture level. Stick your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, then it is time to water your plant. If it feels moist or wet, then you should wait a few days before watering again.

Pests and Diseases

Pests and diseases can also cause yellowing leaves on your ghost pepper plant. Spider mites, aphids, and whiteflies are common pests that can infest your plants and suck the sap from the leaves, causing them to turn yellow. Fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and root rot can also cause yellowing leaves.

To prevent pest infestations, regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests or damage. You can also use insecticidal soap or neem oil to control pest populations. To prevent fungal diseases, ensure that your plant has good air circulation, avoid overwatering, and remove any infected leaves immediately.

Environmental Stress

Environmental stressors such as extreme temperatures or harsh weather conditions can also cause yellowing leaves on your ghost pepper plant. If your plant is exposed to too much sun or heat, the leaves may turn yellow as a sign of stress. Similarly, if your plant is exposed to cold temperatures or frost, the leaves may also turn yellow.

To prevent environmental stress, ensure that your plant is situated in an area with the appropriate temperature and light conditions. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, consider growing your ghost pepper plant indoors where you can regulate the environment.

Can I save my ghost pepper plant if the leaves are already yellow?

Yes, you can save your ghost pepper plant if the leaves are already yellow. Identify the cause of the yellowing leaves and address it accordingly. If it is due to a nutrient deficiency, you can fertilize your plant with a balanced fertilizer. If it is due to overwatering or underwatering, adjust your watering schedule accordingly. If it is due to pests or diseases, treat your plant with the appropriate pest control measures.

How often should I water my ghost pepper plant?

Ghost pepper plants require consistent moisture but not waterlogged soil. As a general rule, water your plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This can range from once a week to every few days, depending on the temperature and humidity in your environment.

How much sunlight does my ghost pepper plant need?

Ghost pepper plants require full sun exposure for at least six hours a day. However, they should be protected from intense afternoon sun and high temperatures.

Can I grow ghost peppers indoors?

Yes, you can grow ghost peppers indoors as long as they have access to sufficient light and warmth. Use grow lights or place your plants near a sunny window. Ensure that the room temperature is between 70-85°F (21-29°C) during the day and 60-70°F (15-21°C) at night.

What is the best soil for growing ghost peppers?

Ghost peppers prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Use a mix of potting soil, compost, and perlite or sand to provide good drainage and aeration for your plants.

In conclusion, yellowing leaves on your ghost pepper plant can be caused by various factors such as nutrient deficiencies, overwatering or underwatering, pests and diseases, and environmental stress. By identifying the cause of the yellowing leaves and addressing it accordingly, you can save your plants and ensure healthy growth.

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