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Are Ghost Pepper Chile Plants Hybrid?

 
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I bought a ghost pepper chile plant in 2019 and it survived the winter because I brought it in regularly.  Well it died this winter, but I did save the seeds from it.  

Should I try sowing these and growing a Ghost Pepper plant or is it a hybrid?  Will i get a ghost pepper plant or somethign random?
 
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I thought your question was interesting, so I searched and found this: https://www.anniesheirloomseeds.com/bhut-jolokia-ghost-pepper/

Although the website doesn't specifically mention if they're heirloom or hybrid, I'm inclined to think they're heirloom. First, the company above focuses on heirloom seeds and sells the ghost pepper seeds. Second, the info states that ghost peppers originated in Northeast India. (So I'm supposing they have an heirloom pedigree?)

If all else fails, plant your seeds and report back to us your results. Ghost peppers are notoriously hard to germinate, though. But if you're successful, you might be able to breed a new-to-you ghost pepper variety!
 
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did you have any other chilies growing nearby that it could have crossed with? if it was only the one plant i would expect it to breed true.
 
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I'll try growing them thanks.  There were some other chiles a few feet away but chiles self pollinate I hear so perhaps a chance they are normal.
 
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Ghost peppers are a stabilized hybrid between Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens from India.
Should be able to save seed since its a stable variety.
If you have another chilense nearby I suppose it could have crossed - small chances with other species as well.
 
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Would eggplant cross polinate with tomatoes or peppers?  They are in similar family right?
 
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Eggplants are related, but they won't cross.

They probably shouldn't be grown near tomatoes due to disease and similar pests though.
 
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Jennifer Lowery wrote:Would eggplant cross polinate with tomatoes or peppers?  They are in similar family right?



Same family but not same genus. Peppers are all in the same Capsicum genus so there is often a risk that different kind of peppers growing near each other can pollinate each other. I've heard that saving seeds from sweet or bell peppers is difficult if any kind of hot peppers are growing nearby because any given seed could have been born of a hot father. I don't think peppers are always self-pollinating.
 
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Garrett Schantz wrote:Eggplants are related, but they won't cross.

They probably shouldn't be grown near tomatoes due to disease and similar pests though.



Is that the same for chiles? should be grown away from tomatoes?  Should chiles be grown away from eggplant as well?
 
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