Red Marconi Pepper is an open-pollinated, heirloom pepper that is great for frying, roasting, stuffing or slicing raw for salads. This Italian heirloom produces massive red peppers that grow as large as 12″ long with a 3″ diameter. Fruits will be green initially and eventually turn to red, with intermediate stages of yellow and orange.
Red Marconi Peppers have thin walls with a sweet and smoky flavor. The red color makes them rich in Vitamin C, so they’re tasty and good for you! Stuff these with your favorite sausage and cream cheese for a delicious snack or meal.
Peppers are in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Peppers do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Peppers grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting peppers, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Peppers can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Red Marconi Pepper Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 90
Disease Resistance: None