Capsicum chinense ‘Trinidad Scorpian’ (plant)
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Capsicum chinense is species of chilli that is originally from the Amazon Basin, it was misnamed by a Dutch physician who called it Capsicum chinense (coming from China), a mistake which remains unchanged to this day. This is the hottest chilli species in the world, pods can vary from zero to 1 million+ Scoville Units (heat scale).
Trinidad Scorpian grows between 0.5 – 1 metre tall and 1 metre wide. Pods change colour from a wrinkled green immature to a bright red at maturity. Like other C. chinense, the Trinidad Scorpian has a citrus like aroma and extreme heat. It is rated at around 1 million SVU. Good pest and disease resistance. Seeds originally collected by a friend in India.
Care and Cultivation of Capsicum chinense
Trinidad Scorpian seeds should be sown just under the surface of a good quality seed raising mix and keep moist until germination. Sow seeds in spring/summer or autumn in warmer areas. Seeds germinate in 1-2 weeks. I’ve found these guys like it really hot to germinate; I planted some in spring and they just sat there for a month or more until the weather really warmed up and then they all came up. Prefers full to part sun and adequate moisture. Perennial in most warmer areas. Treat as an annual in temperate zones.
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