One of the earliest habaneros to mature, Lemonella is a good variety to try where the growing season is short. It produces masses of very hot, fragrant fruit on short, spreading plants. The fruit are shaped like elongated cones and measure about 1.5 to 4.5cm. They turn from green to yellow as they mature, and their thin flesh makes them perfect for drying.
Because they are short, the plants can be grown without support and do particularly well in pots – those from 1 to 7.5 litres in size will do. When choosing a pot, though, remember that Lemonella follows the rule of container chillies: the bigger the pot, the bigger the plant, the bigger the yields.
Heat level: very hot (approx. 55,000 SHU)
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