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Product Description:

65 days. Rolandia really bowled us over with the largest and earliest classic eggplants in our trials. The very large, oval, dark purple fruit reach 8 inches and up to 1 ½ pounds each on sturdy, upright plants. The open plant habit and spineless calyx make harvest easy. Extended shelf life of these delicious fruit is an added bonus! IR: ToMV.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Buster K.
Rollandia thumbs up

Growing these for the first time after becoming weary of other varieties that had underperformed Started seedlings in early March under indoor lighting. Planted outside in early May. So far so good since the plants are quickly producing large, smooth, uniform fruit. Have already harvested a few by July 1 in Ohio. For best results with eggplant, grow in pots or other large containers rather than in the ground.

J b.

these did really well in my seattle garden. I did all I could do to give them a helping hand. Black plastic mulch, cloche for the young plants and a Grotherm tent until August. I grew 6 plants from seed and I was giving aways lots of fruit. the eggplant parm and Moussaka were flowing.

Suzanne R.
Long-lived great producer

I didn't get my plants until third week in June, so production was quite late, however once it started producing the fruit kept coming right up through the first light frosts. Nice quality fruit with minimal seeds unless I left on the plant too long. Highly recommended.

Soil Temp for Germ 75–90°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Days to Emergence 5–17
Soil Temp for Transp 65–85°F
Plant Spacing 12–18"
Row Spacing 2–3'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 70%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 200
Seed Life 2 years

Solanum melongena Although the eggplant is a staple in cultures worldwide, this culinary oddity is ignored by far too many American gardeners and deserves a spot in the garden. Eggplants are remarkably versatile, taking on the flavor of whatever they are cooked with. They are very low in calories and fat, high in fiber, a good source of an assortment of minerals, and have a very low glycemic index.

Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date.

• Eggplants are heat-loving plants that require a long growing season
• Plants grow best in fertile, well-drained soil; raised beds and black mulch provide extra warmth in the spring
• Use row cover until first blooms appear
• Optimum growth occurs with day temp. of 80-90°F and night temp. of 70+°F

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow indoors 8-10 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date
• When plants have their second set of true leaves, up-pot them into 3-4 inch pots, 1 per container
• Transplant hardened-off plants when night temperatures are above 50°F
• Use 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer and a shovelful of compost around each plant

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Flea beetles, aphids, and potato beetles
• Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers
• Common diseases: Verticillium and Fusarium wilts
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when skin is still smooth and shiny
• Over mature fruit will be soft and seed will begin to darken
• Fruit can be held 7-10 days at 45-55°F and 90-95% humidity

B | Bacterial Wilt
BO | Botrytis, Gray Mold
ToMV | Tomato Mosaic Virus

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