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GardeningGreta January 16, 2020 11:58 AM

Red marconi pepper
Hi, What are the features of the red marconi as it compares to the giant marconi? I've read so many different descriptions of the red marconi, which is accurate?

I've planted giant marconi and really like them. But I've read that red marconi can be 3" wide and 12" long. Also read they're under 8". I've also seen a lot of pictures which are very different as well. Does it depend where you get your seeds?

Which is wider and longer?
Which has thicker walls?
Does it have a pointy end or 3-lobed end?

I would like to be able to plant and save seeds from the red marconi but only if they outshine the giant marconi or at least be very similar.
Thanks for any help!!

greenthumbomaha January 17, 2020 07:23 AM

To my taste, the hybrid Giant Marconi F1 tastes like a nice sweet, juicy, fully ripened green pepper. The main attribute is that it has higher production and turns green to red much earlier in the season.

I much prefer the taste of a fully ripe Red Marconi. The walls are thick but not as drippy juicy. giving the flavor a richer concentrated taste.

I grow both, only due to the reliability of they hybrid. For the heirloom, yes to all sizes and shapes depending on seed source. That's the fun of pulling out a package to see what you get.

- Lisa

ddsack January 17, 2020 01:50 PM

I grew both one year. Prefer the Giant Marconi hybrid due to their larger size. I didn't find the OP Red Marconi to be any earlier for me, and could not say whether the taste was any better.


GardeningGreta January 19, 2020 05:59 PM

Thank you Lisa and ddsack. Looks like I'm going to have to try it too!! Lisa, thank you for such a detailed description of both peppers. ddsack, very nice picture!!

Gardenboy January 20, 2020 03:27 PM

I have fresh Red Marconi seeds if anyone is looking for some. Send me SASE for the seeds. :)

Spike2 January 25, 2020 02:54 PM

[QUOTE=Gardenboy;752694]I have fresh Red Marconi seeds if anyone is looking for some. Send me SASE for the seeds. :)[/QUOTE]

You have all the seeds and are so kind and generous with your seed offers!!

GardeningGreta January 27, 2020 12:52 AM

Thank you Gardenboy for your generous offer, but I won't be able to try them this year. As I looked at the seeds I already purchased, turns out I already have 9 varieties. At 5 a piece, that's 45 plants, holy moly I keep telling myself I'll cut back but I read the descriptions and I'm hooked!
This year I'm hoping to keep a journal with pictures so I can do a better comparison.
So far
King Arthur, Margaret's(new)
Hajduczek(new), Ajvarski(Kurtovska Kapya-new)
Giant Marconi, Early Sunsation
Zolotistyi(new), Gourmet(orange)
Orange Bell(new)
It will be on my list for next year(unless I change my mind between now and March!)

Sorry I'm so late replying. And thanks again! This is a really nice gardening community!!

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