Trinidad Douglah Pepper, 7 Pot Chocolate Pepper
A rare and amazingly hot pepper from the Caribbean, Trinidad Douglah (or 7 Pot Chocolate) is one of a group of the hottest peppers in the world. Scoville ratings have varied, but it consistently rates from 1 million to 1.5 million on the scale and the pepper is likely even hotter than the Ghost Pepper/Bhut Jolokia. Trinidad Douglah bears large pods that ripen to a dark, chocolate brown and are heavily wrinkled, characteristic of most of the super-hots. Flavor is intensely hot and unique from the red and yellow 7 Pot varieties.
Seeds are now available at our seed store.
Days to Maturity
1 million plus on the Scoville scale.
A more recent variety, tracing origins to the Caribbean region.
Start seeds in small containers from 8-10 weeks prior to the last frost date. Plant seeds approximately 1/4-1/2" deep in moist, well drained potting soil. Most standard soil mixes are suitable for pepper seeds. Soil temperature must be kept at 75-90F for proper germination. Cool soil, particularly at night can inhibit or significantly delay germination. To keep soil temperature warm, start seeds indoors, in a greenhouse and/or use a seed starting heat mat. Keep soil moderately moist, though not overly, dripping wet. Water soil when the soil surface just begins to dry. Allow proper air circulation for containers.
Optionally, seeds can be dipped in a dilute hydrogen peroxide mix (1 tsp hydrogen peroxide per cup water) for one minute to disinfect seeds prior to planting. If your soil or seed setup is susceptible to mold growth this can be useful to kill mold spores.
Once seedlings have sprouted, keep in small containers until a few sets of leaves have developed. Transplant to larger containers or outdoors. If transplanting outdoors, make sure to harden off seedlings by exposing them to only filtered sunlight for up to 1-2 weeks. Thin plants to 3-4 ft and rows to 6-10 ft.
Estimated germination time under optimal conditions: The Trinidad Douglah is one of the slower germinating peppers. 4-16 weeks