Here Comes Trouble Starting super hot chile peppers indoors

Chocolate Habanero emerging
The first visible sign of a new pepper although much has been going on below the surface. This is a chocolate habanero.

Being fond of growing things I have always found spring to be the most exciting time of year. We are in the latter half of April and spring is bursting forth. Still too early though for the veggie garden.

Thus we have to plant some things indoors to get a head start on the gardening season. This is particularly the case for one my favorites – peppers – and the hotter the better! This year’s lineup includes Carolina Reapers, Fatalis, and Chocolate Habaneros.

The title of this post alludes to the nature of these peppers. The pepper in the picture, a chocolate habanero, will make a jalapeno look like a bell pepper. It’s heat is in the 5-600,000 Scoville unit range. The fatali is slightly less hot – around 400,000. If you think these are hot, the Carolina reaper is the current Guiness World Record holder at over 2 million. These peppers are hell. The reaper has actually been known to send people to the hospital. How in the heck does one eat such monsters? Very carefully. And you’ll want to be wearing gloves when you handle them. This will be the subject of a future blog when we harvest these beasts.

Vegetable starts in a flat
Here are some tomatoes, herbs, and cayenne peppers on the far right. I took them out to enjoy some real sunshine on a beautiful April day.

Growing is one of life’s pleasures that feeds the soul. Starting your plants from seed indoors gets you intimately familiar with the whole process which is nothing short of miraculous.

Tiniest seedlings of a flower
Look close. Some seedlings are so tiny you don’t even see them at first. These are canterbury bells.

The most difficult part of starting plants is getting enough light on your starts. LEDs have revolutionized our society and now there are some great lights that are affordable, cheap to run, and the plants seem to love them.

Mylar lined led greenbox
4 tube led with pink and blue lights. The 2 square foot coverage recommended is doubled to 4 square feet by containing the light in a Mylar lined box

This most expensive part is the light which can be had for $100 at Home Depot. I bought some Mylar emergency blankets off Amazon for lining a cat shelter for $3 a piece.

Homemade greenhouse
Cardboard boxes duct-taped together with a Mylar blanket laid into the box and duct taped to the box. Light is suspended from a 1×4 clamped to a keyboard stand on one side and my didgeridoo stand on the other.

I will update the progress and follow these guys all the way to the dinner table.

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