IS THIS CAROLINA REAPER REALLY WORTH $1 000??? by craigcryptoking

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IS THIS CAROLINA REAPER REALLY WORTH $1 000???


Hey everyone, that does sound like one helluva tall order does it not? The reality is this and with a quick sum, it sure is and here's how...

I purchased the seeds of this plant 8 months odd ago for two reasons, to make the worlds hottest sauce, and to make money, as of the last week or two both boxes are checked with a resounding BLACK PEN "YES".

![IMG-20200209-WA0074.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmXXDKBw11de3pFgvqMrnBP2AwFWhjoqeLXZJhRyVdMWkt/IMG-20200209-WA0074.jpg)

But how did I do it? I would never share this information on a South African site or my Facebook group and none of them on Facebook are here, as competition in this trade, and my trade secret's are just that, a secret, but I will gladly share with my international friends and whichever other South African is 'tapping' this conversation ;)

![IMG-20200209-WA0065.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmeSji9C2Z32pkbzVFGRRuV8HdKE2GD9cGXWL3MG8yAvNQ/IMG-20200209-WA0065.jpg)

Firstly I grew the plant from seed, after around 6 months it started throwing fruit, said fruit take quiet a long time to ripen but finally did just that. I then took the ripe seeds and put them online for sale R80 for 20 seeds, around $7 for 20 seeds, not too bad right? It gets better, through a process of trial and error I finally managed to grow smaller Carolina Reaper plants but taking cuttings off this 'Mothership' after many months I finally got it right.

I had 4 small but healthy plants that had rooted, so I did what I do, put them up for sale and would you believe  'HEY PRESTO' this week sold for R600 ($45). Just this week alone I have made around R1000 $80 off this one plant and it is no worse for wear!

I was actually capturing this crazy looking insect which had just slayed a moth for dinner as below, quiet pretty right? Naturally he was sitting on the Reaper plant enjoying his lunch!

![IMG-20200209-WA0062.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZ6D52zZw1Ptkks5WK7Tz89kqRwsbqV4STMBErz6XkcUp/IMG-20200209-WA0062.jpg)

It gets better, since marketing my reaper seeds and small plants chaps have been requesting PODS a whopping R50 per pod and would you believe I am reluctant to sell them, but why you may ask? Well because with the 20-30 odd seeds inside I could literally sell for double that, too good to be true? It almost seems so.

![IMG-20200209-WA0063.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbED4hTimUYkdaGtUFyRMyrjnitdXwAJS17mXZdqdWfS8/IMG-20200209-WA0063.jpg)

Currently in South Africa we have an absolute BOOM in this plant for some or other reason, I just hope it continues because with business this good who knows where things can go in a few months, on the down side Ghosts where the World's hottest pepper 8 odd years ago and now no one wants them, everyone in RSA is just 'gaga' over Carolina Reapers and I am certainly not complaining.

This is how I package my seeds, in a bank bag type zip-lock, I feel a little like a drug-lord as I hear this is how they do it, the money is almost as good too LOL! The other seeds are selling for much less and I give folks between 40-50 seeds but it all adds up and an extra $10 for all the rest really does help and they are an easy sell to clients who have already purchased Reaper Seeds, a very welcome bonus indeed!

![IMG-20200209-WA0047.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWQ3VXsD9v3MHXv1AakqB5Gat72T2dfeeSDgowhQgXTdX/IMG-20200209-WA0047.jpg)

So thats $80 odd Craig where do I get the $1000 figure from? Well simple really, I have around 50-60 green pods currently when they are ripe can sell each pod for $3 at least and the seeds for double, coupled with the fact that if I just make 5 cuttings from this plant and sell 5 every month @R150 $10 odd a plant, that pushes you well over profit made in 6 months or less over $1000!

![IMG-20200209-WA0076.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmeAF3jwZC3CUVv9u1TzK12Db7RP5w2W8i5GmcUVoeRErJ/IMG-20200209-WA0076.jpg)

So it is worth $1000? I would say a resounding YES, incredible right?

As I said I just hope the demand stays as high as it is, sadly though as more and more folks grow these and they become more readily available I am sure the price and demand will drop, until of course we get the next 'World's Hottest Chilli Pepper' and who knows? @papa-pepper thoughts my brother?

The above pic I had just made some more cuttings, I was also transplanting recently sprouted Boabab into a bonsai pot for my sister's (buckaroo) Child. I am going to grow him one as well as my niece and son soon to be here as an ode and commemoration to their life, obviously I will look after them until they are big enough to look after them themselves ;)

Cheer$;)
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