Solanum melongena (88 days) Open-pollinated bicolor Italian heirloom. Alan LePage calls it “the best eggplant in the universe,” with a creamy consistency and delicate flavor. “Head and shoulders above the rest,” adds Tomash, “like eggplant pudding.” “A plump beauty that likes the Michigan climate,” chimes in Anne Elder. Gorgeous fruits, white with lavender streaking down the side, about 3–4" across and 5" long, narrow at the top and widening with indentations almost like folds in draped fabric. Fruits average 2 lb, max out at 4 lb, LePage’s highest-yielding eggplant. Rosa needs to be coddled, particularly in the northern half of New England. Seed needs alternating temperatures to break dormancy: warm days (preferably 80s), cooler nights (around 70°). ③
3691 Rosa Bianca - Organic
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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. 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.
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