Rosalina Eggplant is a hybrid, oval-shaped eggplant variety with beautiful, lavender to rose-colored fruits. This is a great variety for backyard gardeners and market gardeners. The elegant color of this eggplant is sure to make a statement in your garden or farm stand. Rosalina plants are compact and grow 24-28″ tall, making it a great variety for raised bed and container gardens. The lavender-colored fruits average 1 lb and have a green calyx that provides a stunning contrast. This is a great variety for frying, baking or grilling. Slice or simply cut in half for your favorite eggplant preparation.
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 bloom set. Eggplant does best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Eggplant grow 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.
Rosalina Eggplant Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 70
Disease Tolerance: None