A slender, elegant pepper with a sweet, mild flavor. Excellent raw, stir-fried or roasted.
|Germination||7 - 14 Days|
|Sowing Method||Indoors Sow (trays)|
|Days to Maturity||75 - 95 Days|
|Height||18 - 24 inches|
|Greenhouse / Polytunnel||Recommended|
|Recommended Soil pH||6.0-8.0|
[80 days] This slender, Italian-bred sweet pepper produces large amounts of long thin fruits with a mild, sweet flavor. Upon maturity, the fruits vary from medium green to deep red depending on how long you leave them on the stalk.
Prized by gourmets for excellence of their flavor, the Long Red Marconi is an excellent variety to grow at home, as they can be quite expensive when purchased at the supermarket.
The plant itself grows up to 90cm and produces plenty of tapering pods 15-18cm long, from green ripening to red.
Select a sunny location where other members of the Solanaceae family (tomatoes, potatoes, etc.) have not been planted recently and in soil that is well drained and slightly acidic (pH 5.5-7.0).
Starting Indoors: Sow ¼” deep into well-draining seed starting mix 7-10 weeks before your last frost. Place in a bright, sunny location or supplement with artificial light. For ideal germination, soil temperatures should be between 80-85F. Without added heat, the seeds can take up to two weeks to germinate.
Once your seedlings have 2-4 true leaves, transplant into a larger container and apply a good feed.
Transplant outside or into permanent pots once the soil has warmed – no colder than 50F at any given time. Harden off gradually before transplanting.
Plants should be set 12-24” apart, in rows 24-36” apart, or spaced about 14-16” apart in raised beds. Peppers like to be planted fairly close to one another, so that there is slight contact between them. This variety also does well in large containers.
For optimum fruit set, peppers need a steady supply of water and stable temperatures. If nighttime temperatures reach below 60 F or above 75F, fruit set can be greatly reduced. Mulching is a great way to maintain heat and preserve soil moisture.
When feeding, choose organic fertilizers that are high in phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Too much nitrogen can deter fruit growth.
The Long Red Marconi does best with 2’ stakes for earlier and heavier harvest.