Rosa Bianca Eggplant

$3.99

The Rosa Bianca Eggplant is a Sicilian heirloom variety that has been a favorite of home gardeners year after year. The beautiful 5″-6″ fruits are light lavender/pink with white streaks and have a lobed shape. Aside from its gorgeous coloration, perhaps the most impressive feature of the Rosa Bianca is its outstanding flavor and tender skin that doesn’t have to be peeled before cooking. Rarely does it have any bitterness to it at all and has been said to have a flavor that resembles that of a creamy, nutty mushroom, and the round shape lends itself well to slicing and grilling or roasting but should plan to be eaten the day it’s picked. The compact plants grow anywhere from 3′-4′ and produce anywhere from 6 to 8 fruits per plant.  Solanum melongena. 80 days to maturity.

30 seeds per packet

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The Rosa Bianca Eggplant is a Sicilian heirloom variety that has been a favorite of home gardeners year after year. The beautiful 5″-6″ fruits are light lavender/pink with white streaks and have a lobed shape. Aside from its gorgeous coloration, perhaps the most impressive feature of the Rosa Bianca is its outstanding flavor and tender skin that doesn’t have to be peeled before cooking. Rarely does it have any bitterness to it at all and has been said to have a flavor that resembles that of a creamy, nutty mushroom, and the round shape lends itself well to slicing and grilling or roasting but should plan to be eaten the day it’s picked. The compact plants grow anywhere from 3′-4′ and produce anywhere from 6 to 8 fruits per plant.

Eggplant is in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and peppers. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at the bloom set. Eggplant does best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seeds. Eggplant grows very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.

If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting eggplant, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to provide more room to grow. Eggplants produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Rosa Bianca Eggplant Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant

When to Plant: after last frost

Planting Depth: 1/4″

Seed Spacing: 18″

Row Spacing: 3-4′

Days to Maturity: 80

Disease Resistance: None

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