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Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Ratna'

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Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: melongena var. esculentum
Cultivar: Ratna

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Category:
Annuals
Vegetables

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive lzyjo On May 31, 2010, lzyjo from Thompsons Station, TN wrote:

Holy smokes. A few plants will yield a wheelbarrow full of produce. Small ovular fruits. Great shape for making classic Indian dishes that call for cutting a an X in the top which is stuffed with a blend of spices and toasted dals. Very vigorous. Eggplants can seem a little slow to take off but when they do. Watch out!

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 26, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Ratna is early maturing, and very productive. Dark purple, can be harvested while small or large.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Thompson's Station, Tennessee



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