giant marconi and big early hybrid bell peppers

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

has anyone ever grown these?? i have not grown bell peppers for years simply because i container garden and from experience when i grew them in the ground i realized that i needed a zillion plants to make a nice big pot of sausage and peppers> LOL

i was looking through TGS and saw these two. they claim the marconi hybrid is an italian sweet pepper (looks like a big bell to me) and grows to 8 inches in length. it resembles a cross between a marconi and a bell pepper.

the big early hybrid is a bell pepper also 8 inches long and 4 and 1/2 around.

i just want to try and grow them just for the heck of it.


North Hills, CA

Only reason I would grow the giant bell Pepper is to cross it with a 7Pot. LOL
MMMMMMMMM Giant 7 Pot stuffed with sausage.....

There are a couple different kinds/varieties of the Marconi.
They were easy to grow - whatever the ones I grew were.One was labled as a Hybrid I think.
It seems they were lobed at the bottom but long and skinny compared to a bell.
Birds and mice loved them that year along with the italian roasters.
They only go after the sweet stuff and unripe chiles if there aren't any sweets to eat.

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

thanks - i will give them both a try just for the heck of it i have my containers on a four foot high table but i have never had trouble with stuff like that. can't wait to get my ultra hots going next season

Elmira, NY(Zone 6a)

I have been growing pimento type peppers for years and have tried the hybrid bells and Giant Marconi with no luck. However, I have had luck with Bull Nose, which is a smallish bell with very thick flesh. It's an heirloom that Jefferson grew. Very sweet and tasty. Not as crunchy, I noticed, as a store-bought hybrid bell, but much thicker.

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

thanks for your info.

Carmel, NY(Zone 6b)

I tried growing them once, but what I got would hardly be called "giant". Perhaps it was the 5 gallon container?

I've never had much success growing the bells, though I did do well with the Pont du Paris sweet pepper. Don't know why I didn't plant that one this year. I opted for stuffer tomatoes instead. I KNOW I can grow tomatoes!

Totally off topic, the pepper plants that I over-wintered in the sunroom are doing awesome. Even the ones I left outside during a hard freeze came back with a vengeance. I'm psyched!

Westbrook, CT(Zone 6a)

I tried Big Bertha and Giant Szgedi for the first time this year. Both are growing like crazy (support recommended) and just harvested the first ones this week. BB's are about 6" long, deep green, and might be bigger if I let them ripen. GS's were about 5" long, pale yellow, and ditto.

Elmira, NY(Zone 6a)

Wow, my peppers are only starting to form little fruits and you are harvesting already! Shoot. Do you have them under plastic mulch or something?

Westbrook, CT(Zone 6a)

Yes, they are in a self-watering Earthbox with a black plastic sheet covering the soil-less mix. Have also harvested Gypsy and Aconcagua already in a similar, but home-made EB.

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

dsthis year i am replacing my 5 gallon with 10 gallon and i will not be dissapointed if i only get a few. i just want to see howthey grow. my biggest interest will be my ultra hot peppers which i can't wait to start.

sequee - glad you over wintered peppers came back.

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