Year Introduced: 1999
Heredity: Hybrid
Country of Origin: USA
Hybridizer or Originator: Jim Waltrip ( Seminis)

Data specific to Peppers (Edit)
General Type: Cuban
Italian Frying
Disease Resistance: Tobacco Mosaic Virus
Potato Virus Y
Pepper Shape: Other: Blunt Taper
Fruit Length: 6-8"
Fruit Width at Shoulders: 3"
Fruit Ripening Color Sequence: Green to Red
Days to First Harvest and Maturity: 63 green, 80 red.
Heat: Sweet<100SHU

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 18 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: 72 days to maturity
Pollinators: Self
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Awards and Recognitions: AAS (All-America Selection®): 2001 National
Parentage: Cross between Marconi Red and Lamuyo peppers.

Common names
  • Sweet Pepper

Photo Gallery
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-10-04
Very large fruit with great sweet pepper flavor.
Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-08-13
These are delicious, average length is 7 inches!
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Grantville, Georgia
Date: Aug. 10, 2013
Location: Augusta GA
Date: 2014-09-14
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-14
Location: Millersville MD
Date: 2021-05-26
Lots of buds just two weeks after planting from a nursery start
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2023
Date: 2023-06-24
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-09-06
Fruit is actually as large as my shoe!
Location: Augusta GA
Date: 2014-06-06
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2013-09-03
My favorite sweet pepper
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2018-04-30
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: Garden
Date: 2014-06-15
Location: Garden
Date: 2014-06-15
Location: Garden

Date: 2017-07-15
Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-26
Large, sweet
Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-26
Still green-will turn light red-perfect for grilling
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-07-17

Photo courtesy of Harris Seeds
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Location: My house
Date: 2014-07-11
Location: Garden
Location: Garden
Date: 05.02.2014
While the Marconi's were Green
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 10:17 PM concerning plant:
    These are very prolific peppers! I have to stake these, as the plants have so many fruits, they get weighed down, and the fruits are in danger of sitting on the soil. Great flavor, and a little larger peppers than Marconi Red. I always have at least one variety of Marconis in my garden! I especially love to grill these and put them on grilled pizza.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 3, 2013 7:06 AM concerning plant:
    This has become my new favorite sweet pepper. It grows well here and produces very large peppers with a mild, succulent flavor. I have had no problems with this plant. It loves the heat, tolerates dry spells, and goes from a lovely dark green to a brilliant red as it ripens.
  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Mar 3, 2014 8:23 PM concerning plant:
    Our favorite pepper for grilling. I have grown these for a few years now and they have a good track record. I do have to stake the plants because the peppers are so large and produce so well that they pull the plant over by the end of the season.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Mar 6, 2022 10:31 AM concerning plant:
    I grew one Giant Marconi from a store-bought starter in 2021. It grew very well for me in Maryland. Lots of peppers and tastes great. It is a larger pepper plant to hold all the fruit and I would be sure to cage or stake it to keep heavy stems from breaking.
  • Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Jun 24, 2014 8:02 AM concerning plant:
    Large and prolific. More comparable to a cubanelle than to a frying pepper. It does well here and is large enough to substitute for a bell pepper.
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robertduval14 On May 29, 2017 Transplanted
Bought at Lull Farm, transplanted into veggie garden.
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