When it comes to growing eggplant, gardeners have had to choose between the bounty of big-fruited eggplants and the sweet flavor and firmness of smaller eggplant varieties. This may be a thing of the past with Prosperosa eggplant seeds available. What is a Prosperosa eggplant? According to Prosperosa eggplant information, these enormous beauties combine a large, rounded shape with the taste experience of smaller types of eggplant. Read on for information on growing a Prosperosa eggplant.
Prosperosa Plant Information
Given the dozens of eggplant varieties available on the market, you may never have heard of Prosperosa eggplant (Solanum melongena ‘Prosperosa’). But it’s well worth a try if you are looking for a new type of eggplant for your garden.
What is a Prosperosa eggplant? It’s an Italian heirloom variety that is both attractive and delicious. Prosperosa plants grow large, round, and often pleated fruits. They are a rich purple with creamy tones near the stem. And those growing Prosperosa eggplants also rave about its mild flavor and tender flesh.
Growing Prosperosa Eggplants
If you are interested in growing Prosperosa eggplant, you should start the seeds indoors a few months before the last frost. Seeds can be sown outdoors and seedlings can be transplanted outdoors when the temperatures at night are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 C.).
These plants grow between 2.5 and 4 feet (76–122 cm.) tall. You’ll need to space the plants about 24 inches (61 cm.) apart.
Prosperosa Eggplant Care
Plant Prosperosa eggplants in full sun since the plants require six or more hours of direct sun each day. They prefer fertile sandy soil that has excellent drainage. In these conditions, Prosperosa eggplant care is relatively easy.
Like other eggplants, Prosperosa are heat-loving vegetables. To assist young plants when you sow seeds outside, you can cover the seedlings until the first blossoms appear. They require a long growing season, generally 75 days from germination to harvest.
According to Prostperosa eggplant information, you should harvest these eggplants while the skin is smooth and shiny. If you wait too late, the fruit turns soft and the seeds inside turn brown or black. Once you harvest, use the fruit within 10 days.
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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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