Re: [gardeners] Lemon Drop chiles

Margaret Lauterbach (
Tue, 06 Oct 1998 07:15:21 -0600

>>George, these sound interesting.  I've been making some ristra's with some
>>little red chiles (don't know the name).  Since I've been listening to all
>>the chile heads 'round here... I want to try more varieties.  Do you know
>>the latin name for the lemon drops? 
>Don't have the foggiest idea what the true botanical name is.

More than likely, it's Capsicum annuum.
>I'll save you several chiles for seed if you want. Can't guarantee they
>will breed true though, I had several varieties planted close together and
>didn't bother to separate them at bloom time. Might have some of the seed I
>got from Lillian still in the refrigerator, will look and see. Drop me a
>private email with your snail mail and I'll get them in the mail to you.
>Any old annual flower seed will do, Miz Anne do love them flowers.

Well, I have an alleged lemon drop chile plant.  It has one (count 'em,
one) chile on it, and it's about 1 and 1/2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.
No resemblance to a lemon drop, color still green, and Jack Frost is
breathing down my neck.  Would you say it's time to rogue out some chiles?
I would.  My White Fire chile looks like a shishito instead of a Habanero
that it should look like.  One of my African Devil chiles also looks more
like a shishito than a prik y nu, and the prik y nu shape and size, I'm
told, is the right one.  I also have a heavily bearing chile that is
completely unknown to me.  Tag vanished aeons ago.  I'm going to have to
search through seed packets and chile descriptions to see if I can identify
it.  Unfortunately, I also have some chiles that are too long season for
this area, about four of which are quite large plants.  Dig them up, pot
and greenhouse them?  Maybe.  How many whiteflies will accompany them?