Eggplant, Rosa Bianca (Solanum melongena) - 100 Seeds

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Black Beauty Eggplant (Solanum melongena) - 50 Seeds

•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Perennial
•Easy to grow

Description:
Rosa Bianca is an Italian heirloom eggplant variety that has a unique round shape and is rated as one of the best by home gardeners! The delicious, creamy flesh of this variety has no bitter taste. Rosa Bianca delivers good yields of light pink or lavender fruits that are about 5" in diameter.


Medicinal Properties:
A serving of eggplant can provide at least 5% of a person’s daily requirement of fiber, copper, manganese, B-6, and thiamine. It also contains other vitamins and minerals. In addition, eggplants are a source of phenolic compounds that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that help the body eliminate free radicals — unstable molecules that can damage cells if they accumulate in large amounts. Foods that contain antioxidants may help prevent a range of diseases. Among the antioxidants in eggplants are anthocyanins, including nasunin, lutein, and zeaxanthin.


Growing Instructions:
When the soil temperature reaches 70 degrees F, eggplant seed can be planted directly, but if you live in a region with a short growing season, it's best to start the seed indoors. In the spring, about eight to ten weeks before the last frost is expected, plant the seeds 1/4" deep. Keep them in a sunny window or under a grow light, maintaining a temperature of around 80 degrees. There can be sporadic germination of eggplant, which can take several weeks. Providing organic matter will help seedlings thrive. Gradually expose them to the elements by leaving the pots outdoors during the day. When the average air and soil temperature reach 70 degrees, or about 3 weeks after the last frost, plant the seedlings in well drained soil in full sun; for fullest growth, allow each plant 2-3' in all directions. Eggplant also grows very well in container gardens; most northern gardeners depend on this method in order to succeed in growing this heat loving plant. Eggplant thrives in the full heat of summer; row covers, black plastic, or other methods to conserve heat may be necessary in some climates. If temperatures threaten to fall below 55 degrees F, cover the plants. As soon as the seedlings become established, mulch them to conserve moisture and control weeds. Keep the soil evenly moist, and apply fertilizer or organic matter once monthly.


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