Scotch bonnet pepper (also known as bonney peppers, or Caribbean red pepper)
- Originally from Jamaica but grown in many Caribbean Islands.
- Very Hot (Similar to Habanero pepper but slightly fruitier)
- Ideal for Caribbean recipes & pepper sauces.
- Days from seed to harvest – about 130 (4 to 5 months)
- About 100 to 150 cm high
The Scotch bonnet pepper is ideal for Caribbean recipes, ranging from jerk lamb or beef to tacos and pepper sauce. Any dish where you want to spice up the taste.
- Traditional Caribbean Pepper Sauce (See video)
- Jerk Chicken
- Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce
Traditional Caribbean Pepper Sauce Recipe
How to grow the pepper at home
You can grow Scotch bonnet pepper from seeds.
It is a very hot variety and we recommend that you wear gloves when handling the seeds.
How to grow the bonney peppers outdoors (garden, balcony, etc.)
The peppers prefer direct sunlight, well drained soil and need to be frost free.
This is a well known pungent extremely hot variety of pepper originating from Jamaica producing mushroom shaped bright red fruit on 24-36 in plants. Best suited to cultivation under glass.
If you want to grow them outdoors then the best option is to start them indoors about 8 to 12 weeks before the last frost and then transfer them when the nights are warmer.
Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days at 70 degrees F+. Temperature is critical for germination. When 4-5 inches plant 18″ apart in greenhouse / conservatory with root ball 1/2″ below the soil surface.
They can be grown easily from seed but it’s very important to provide the right amount of moisture and to thin them out as they grow.
Fully grown they can be upto 100 to 150 cm in height i.e. an individual pot might be the best option.
How to grow Scotch bonnet pepper indoors (hydroponics or aquaponics)
Because of the importance of moisture and light the peppers are ideally suited for hydroponics with additional lights.
Not only are they easier to grow, but you will also get fast results.
For more details have a look at our guide to growing peppers indoors