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Rosa Bianca

Rosa Bianca Eggplant OG

(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°).
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3691A: 0.2g for $1.60  
3691B: 0.4g for $2.70  
3691C: 1g for $4.20  
3691D: 4g for $7.00  
3691E: 28g for $26.00  
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Eggplant

Solanum melongena

Days to maturity are from date of transplanting, not seeding.
0.2 gram packet ~48 seeds, 0.4 gram packet ~96 seeds.

Culture: Despite some help from a changing climate, growing eggplant remains a challenge in the north. We recommend raised beds, row covers and plastic or 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 some seasons.

Minimum germination temperature is 60°, optimal range 75–90°, optimal temperature 85°. Some varieties require fluctuating day and night temperatures. Emergence is 13 days at 68°, 8 days at 77° and only 5 days at 86°. Only 21% normal seedlings at 68°, compared to 60% normal at 86°.

Disease: V = Verticillium

Pest: Colorado Potato Beetle
Cultural controls: rotation, control solanaceous weeds such as horse nettle, rapid flaming, suction devices, hand-picking if pressure is low, mulch before adults arrive.
Materials: Spinosad
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