White Star Eggplant is a determinate hybrid that produces beautiful, shiny white fruits. White eggplant are more sweeter, more tender and tend to lack the slight bitterness that can be tasted with some of the traditional purple varieties. White Star produces compact, yet robust, plants that are 30-36″ tall. Although plants are small, they still require trellising to support heavy fruit yields. Because it is a determinate variety, it will set all of its fruit at once. Fruits may be harvested as mini eggplants or allowed to reach full size. At full maturity, fruits will be 5-7″ long and 3-4″ in diameter.
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.
White Star 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