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Italian Trio

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Specialty Eggplants

Italian Trio

EXCLUSIVE - Our trio of delicious Italian eggplants combines teardrop-shaped, purple-black “Nadia,” gorgeous, oval-shaped magenta “Beatrice”...
EXCLUSIVE - Our trio of delicious Italian eggplants combines teardrop-shaped, purple-black “Nadia,” gorgeous, oval-shaped magenta “Beatrice” and heirloom rose and white, globe-shaped “Rosa Bianca.” The strong plants with velvety leaves and lavender blossoms bear abundant crops of curvaceous glossy fruits with tender skins and succulent flesh that is never bitter or seedy. Enjoy in recipes from all Mediterranean cuisines.

Seeds are color coded with USDA food grade stain to distinguish varieties.

Undyed seed = Rosa Bianca eggplant

Green seed = Beatrice eggplant

Pink seed = Nadia eggplant

Seed Count: 45 - 50 / Weight: 0.2 gms
$ 2.99

BEST TO START INDOORS

In early spring, start indoors about 2 months before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 50 (10°C) range. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist and warm and provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outside. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, transplant into deeper individual containers. Maintain at 70 to 75° (21-24°C). Feed with half-strength fertilizer every 2 weeks until weather is warm enough to gradually acclimate seedlings to outdoor conditions. Transplant 2 feet apart into rich soil in full sun.

 

GROWING NOTES

Don’t transplant these heat-lovers outdoors until night temperatures stay securely above 55° (13°C). Prepare soil well with aged manure or compost. Plant only robust seedlings with well-developed roots and mulch well. Fertilize plants regularly throughout the season. 

 

HARVEST AND USE

Pick when fruits have sized up and are firm fleshed and glossy. Slice 1/2 inch thick, brush with olive oil and broil until tender. Then layer with a rich tomato sauce, fresh herbs and several cheeses to make Eggplant Parmesan. Bake whole in a hot oven, then scoop out flesh and mash with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and chopped parsley for a savory dip to serve on toasted pita bread.

Sow Seeds Indoors

Days to Germinate

Transplant Outdoors

Location

Mature Height

Transplant to Harvest

February - March
10 - 21 days
April - June
Full sun
2 - 2½ feet
Approx. 80 days

Sow Seeds Indoors

Days to Germinate

Transplant Outdoors

Location

Mature Height

Transplant to Harvest

February - March
10 - 21 days
April - June
Full sun
2 - 2½ feet
Approx. 80 days

Sow Seeds Indoors

February - March

Days to Germinate

10 - 21 days

Transplant Outdoors

April - June

Location

Full sun

Mature Height

2 - 2½ feet

Transplant to Harvest

Approx. 80 days

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