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Heirloom Italian Eggplant

Violetta Lunga

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Heirloom Italian Eggplant

Violetta Lunga

Early bearing and prolific Italian favorite whose elongated dark purple fruits are almost seedless with flesh that is especially mild, nutty flavor...
Early bearing and prolific Italian favorite whose elongated dark purple fruits are almost seedless with flesh that is especially mild, nutty flavored and sweet. Wonderful grilled, baked or sautéed.
Seed Count: 50 - 55 / Weight: 0.2 gms
$ 3.99

BEST TO START INDOORS

In early spring, start indoors about 2 months before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 50-55°F (10-13°C) range. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist and warm 80-85°F (27-30°C) and provide a strong light source until ready to plant outside. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, transplant into deeper individual containers. Maintain at 70-75°F (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 nights stay securely above 55°F (13°C). Prepare soil well with aged manure or compost. Plant only robust seedlings with well-developed roots and mulch well. Fertilize plants regularly, at least monthly, throughout the growing season.

 

HARVEST AND USE

Pick when fruits have sized up and are firm fleshed and glossy. Slice and quickly sauté, or cut in half lengthwise, brush with good olive oil and a little chopped garlic, and then roast or grill until soft and succulent. Serve sprinkled with fresh chopped herbs like basil, dill or thyme and grated fresh Parmesan.

Sow Seeds Indoors

Days to Germinate

Transplant Outdoors

Location

Mature Height

Transplant to Harvest

February - March
7 - 14 days
April - June
Full sun
2 - 2½ feet
Approx. 70 days

Sow Seeds Indoors

Days to Germinate

Transplant Outdoors

Location

Mature Height

Transplant to Harvest

February - March
7 - 14 days
April - June
Full sun
2 - 2½ feet
Approx. 70 days

Sow Seeds Indoors

February - March

Days to Germinate

7 - 14 days

Transplant Outdoors

April - June

Location

Full sun

Mature Height

2 - 2½ feet

Transplant to Harvest

Approx. 70 days

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