Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Ratna'

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

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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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:

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Foliage:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Thompsons Station, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 31, 2010, lzyjo from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 7a) 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

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.