Seeds - Eggplant, Rosa di Napoli OG (F)
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Description: This is an altogether different Mediterranean eggplant, more common to the culinary traditions of the southern Mediterranean and into Ethiopia. The fruits are often harvested green or cream, developing their trademark brilliant orange colour post-harvest. The flavour is tender and sweet, lacking the bitterness found in purple and white types.
Rosa di Napoli plants produce an abundance of fruits, and staking like a tomato is recommended!
Pack Size: 25 seeds
Latin Name: Solanum aethiopicum
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 65 - 72 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 60 - 90 cm (24 - 36 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 5 - 14 days at 21 - 25ºC.
Sowing Indoors: 8 - 10 weeks before the planting-out date. Bottom heat improves germination rates and times. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: 1/4". Cover lightly.
Spacing: Minimum 8" container per plant. In the garden, space 10 - 12" apart.
Planting Out: Often grown in containers in northern gardens - plant out/set outdoors starting in mid-June. Requires heat!
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, organic-based potting mix with good drainage. Fertilize regularly with organic plant food. Jobes organic spikes are easy and effective!
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed recently amended with compost. Application of Kelp is beneficial.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Notes: Eggplant attracts the same type of pests as its close relatives - peppers, tomatoes and potatoes - therefore, avoid planting them in close proximity.
Harvesting: Pick when fruits stop rapidly growing and still have a glossy texture. Over-ripened fruit will be soft and have hard seeds.
Suitability for Indoors: Not well suited for indoors - may be grown as a specialized crop.
What about Grow Lights? Grow lights are required to grow this crop indoors.