Solanum melongena (72 days) F-1 hybrid. A classic early bell-shaped Italian-style eggplant that sets fruit and produces early and dependably in the North. Adam Tomash and June Zellers rated it the earliest in their trials, and almost on a par with Rosa Bianca, their favorite, for flavor. “Mild with a pudding-like texture when cooked,” they report. Plus it had larger fruit, averaging about 1 lb each, and was less fussy than Rosa. Trialer Tom Vigue used a high tunnel and reported “phenomenal” eggplants. Galine plants were “4' high and, not exaggerating, 5 lb yield per plant, easily.”⑤
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Days to maturity are from date of transplanting.
0.2 gram packet is about 33-43 seeds.
Culture: Growing eggplant can be a challenge in the north. Start indoors in early spring. Minimum germination temperature is 60°, optimal range 75–90°. Transplant after all danger of frost. They resent wind, will not set fruit in cold or very hot temperatures or in drought. We recommend irrigation and using row covers and IRT mulch. We recommend irrigation and using row covers and IRT mulch. Our selections are the most reliable producers we’ve found, yet some seasons even our skilled trialers get only sparse production of ripe fruits.
Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) Cultural controls: Rotation, control solanaceous weeds such as horse nettle, rapid flaming, suction devices, hand-picking if beetle pressure is low, mulch before adults arrive. Material controls: Surround, Spinosad For more info on CPB, click here.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.