The Q&A Archives: Finding A Hot Pepper Plant

Question: I am looking for a small hot pepper plant that my mother used to grow in the house all year round. The peppers were only about one inch long and extremely hot. She called them Christmas Peppers. The only thing I can find are ornamental peppers which I definately do not want. Can someone please help me find them????

Answer: The Tepin Pepper or bird pepper has a tiny hot fruit about the size of a pea. Another tiny red pepper on a long lived plant is the Chiltepin. Slightly larger are the Habanero amd Caribbean Red offered by Burpee at about an inch to an inch and a half. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of types of peppers, so it is possible she had one she received as a passalong type of plant from a friend, too. You might take a look at peppers in some specialty catalogs such as the grouping in Tomato Growers Supply, PO Box 2237, Fort Myers, FL 33902 as well as from heirloom seed suppliers and see if any sound familiar.

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