Chili Pepper - Naga Jolokia
Extensively cultivated in the Assam region of India, this is officially recognised as the world's hottest chilli pepper, measured at just over one million scoville heat units (SHU). It is best grown in a container under glass as it needs a long growing season, and its fruits start pale lime green turning an orangey red. Use sparingly and with care.
Sow from late January to February. Sow seeds thinly on the surface of a good free draining compost, covering with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator at 18-20C until after germination, which takes 7-14 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Plant in final situation when 10cm high, 45cm apart. For indoor crops, plant into growbags or pots. Feed plants weekly with a high potash tomato fertiliser once the first fruits have set.