The Scotch Bonnet is a Caribbean pepper most commonly used in Jerk Sauces and dry powder seasonings. If you have a taste for Jamaican cuisine then you’ll want these seeds. The plants produced from these Scotch Bonnet pepper seeds grow to a minimum height of about 36″ with many sturdy branches loaded with yellow, almost orangish, pods with a similar heat to the Habanero. The fruit physically resembles some varieties of Habanero as well but many prefer the flavor of the Scotch Bonnet. The plump pods grow to about 2″ in length and ripen from green to orangish yellow. Fruit is lobed and fairly thick walled. We typically get a couple pounds from each plant, more than enough for a single household. Expect a good burn from these tasty peppers. If you’re interested in these Scotch Bonnet pepper seeds then you should also check out our Orange Habanero pepper seeds.
Starting Scotch Bonnet Pepper Seeds
Unless you live in a climate that is warm year-round, starting pepper seeds indoors is recommended. Plant at a depth of 1/4″ in sterile, moist seed starting mix. Place the sown seeds in a warm area, over 75F, for the best germination rate. The use of a humidity dome over the sown seeds will ensure they don’t dry out before germination occurs. Once the seedlings break the surface of the soil be sure to provide a bright source of light to ensure they don’t stretch and become “leggy”. Light coming in a window is rarely sufficient for proper growth. Even a south facing window is usually not enough. Providing light from a fluorescent or LED fixture over the top of your sprouts will ensure proper growth. If you’re new to growing peppers from seed we recommend you take a look at our guide on starting pepper plants indoors.