Gardeners love growing eggplant. It is a beautiful plant in both beds and containers and also makes healthy, excellent eating. If you are seeking a large, Italian-type fruit with a great taste, you may want to consider growing Beatrice eggplants. What is a Beatrice eggplant? It’s a type of eggplant that is particularly attractive and delicious. For more Beatrice eggplant information, including tips on how to grow Beatrice eggplants and Beatrice eggplant uses, read on.
What is a Beatrice Eggplant?
Eggplants come in so many sizes and shapes that there is literally a type suited to any garden. Given the number of eggplant varieties out there, you may not have heard about the joys of growing Beatrice eggplants (Solanum melongena var. esculentum). But it’s worth a look.
This is a stately, upright garden plant that produces large, round, bright lavender fruit. The plants can grow to 36 inches (91.5 cm.) tall and, according to Beatrice eggplant information, the yield per plant is exceptionally high.
Growing Beatrice Eggplants
Beatrice eggplants grow well both in the garden and the greenhouse. Those growing Beatrice eggplants sow the seeds in spring. The eggplant blossoms are an attractive pink-purple. These are followed by round fruits with a brilliant lilac skin that require about two months from germination to mature.
If you are wondering how to grow Beatrice eggplants, you’ll find it easy if you site the plants correctly. All eggplants require direct sun and well-draining soil and Beatrice eggplants are no exception.
For best results, plant Beatrice eggplants in fertile soil with a pH range of 6.2 to 6.8. You can sow seeds indoors several months before spring planting. The soil should be warm – some 80 to 90 degrees F. (27 to 32 degrees C.) until the seedlings appear. Transplant in late spring, spacing them about 18 inches (45.5 cm.) apart.
These eggplants are best if harvested when they are about 5 inches (13 cm.) in diameter. Picked this size, the skin is thin and tender. If you like the taste of the heirloom eggplant Rosa Bianca, you’ll get the same shape, flavor, and texture in this variety. Beatrice eggplant uses include grilling, stuffing, and making eggplant parmesan.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.
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