Approximately 120 seeds per gram. Capsicum annuum Lot# PS31406 Marconi Red is a prolific sweet Italian heirloom prized for its huge, crisp, sweet red 3-lobed fruits. Peppers grow on a sturdy compact plant that grows upright on a solid bush type habit that can reach as tall as 45-61cm (18-24") in height. We provide additional support for most of our pepper plants, especially if they are prolific producers like the Red Marconi. Plant produces heavy yields of 3 lobed peppers that are 25-30cm (10-12") long. Peppers ripen from green to red and are sweetest when red
Start indoors 6-10 weeks (March – April) before your last spring frost. Sow 4-5 seeds 6mm (¼”) deep in 10cm (4”) pots and cover lightly with soil medium and keep soil moist but not too wet. We keep under lights at a temperature of 26.7-29˚C (80-85˚F). Germination rates can vary drastically from 10 days to 21 days. Thin seedlings to 2-3 per pot. Once seedlings develop their second set of true leaves, prune the first set of true leaves. Pruning the leaves forces secondary growth and creates a bushier plant. We do this on several leaf sets. If seedlings become too leggy, place them in a cooler location. This will slow them down and make their stems thicker. Transplant seedlings when soil has warmed up to 15.6-18˚C (60-65˚F). Plant transplants 45-61cm (18-24”) apart in rows 61-76cm (24-30”) apart.
Note: Peat pots are not recommended for germinating peppers. The pH may be too high and peat pots retain a lot of water that may drown the seeds.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose and well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.8
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 6mm (¼) deep.
Germination: 8-25 days.
Height at Maturity: Plants reach 45-61cm (18-24") tall. Compact bush habit. Spread can be 40-45cm (16-18”) wide.
Days to Maturity: 62-85 days.
Watering: Peppers require about 2.5cm (1”) of water per week. Allow water to completely soak the soil 15-20cm (6-8”) deep. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain moist.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning Plant transplants 45-61cm (18-24”) apart in rows 61-76cm (24-30”) apart.
Additional Information Marconi Red Peppers are a thick walled, sweet and are a flavorful pepper. They make a great stuffing pepper and of course they are great for stir fries and salads. When peppers are finished growing they will pull off the plant very easily. If they don't come off easily they are still growing. To prolong a pepper harvest, harvest peppers from the plant regularly. Peppers are susceptible to rot, blossom end rot, anthracnose, tobacco mosaic virus, bacterial spot, and mildew. Keep these in check and rotate pepper crops to different areas. Keep the garden clean and free of weeds where pests and diseases can shelter. Destroy and dispose of infected plants before diseases can spread. Aphids, cutworms and flea beetles are common pests for most garden plants and there are a variety of solutions for these. Pepper seeds can be dipped in a dilute hydrogen peroxide mix (1 tsp hydrogen peroxide per cup water) for one minute to disinfect seeds prior to planting- this process helps get rid of any unwanted or potential bacterial or fungi that may be hitch hiking on your seeds. If your soil or seed sprouting setup is susceptible to mold growth this can be useful to kill mold spores.