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Rosa Bianca Eggplant

Rosa Bianca eggplant

Rosa Bianca eggplant

Rosa Bianca eggplant

Rosa Bianca eggplant

The Rosa Bianca eggplant may produce less fruit than others in cooler climates, but the flavor is a clear favorite amongst eggplant lovers. This is a small 4 to 6 inch round lavender/pink and white streaked heirloom that has a mild, nutty, non-bitter, and creamy taste that soaks up any flavor it’s cooked with. It’s happiest in warmer, humid climates with a long growing season and grows 2 to 3 feet tall.

Days to maturity

  • 80 days

Sun Exposure

  • full sun

Soil pH

  • 6 to 6.5

Hardiness Zones

  • zones 4 to 10

Spacing

  • plants: 18 inches
  • rows: 24 to 36 inches

Moisture

  • 1 inch per week

Sow Indoors

  • eight to 12 weeks before last frost

Transplant Outdoors

  • two to three weeks after last frost
  • once soil is consistently 55 degrees F
  • harden by reducing water and temperature to 60 degrees F for one week before transplanting
  • use row covers for best success, to keep soil warm, and remove once plants blossom

Notes

  • prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • mulch can help eggplants keep warm and boost growth
  • needs stakes and/or eggplant cages
  • clipping fruits encourages more production

Have you ever grown Rosa Bianca eggplant? Please tell us about your experiences.

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