Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Italian White'

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

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Clermont, Florida

Charlottesville, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 22, 2010, redoakboo from Clermont, FL wrote:

I planted a Italian White Eggplant in my garden this year. it is doing quite well and has about 8 different size eggplants on it. How do you know when to pick them ? The larger ones are about 5" long and about 1" in diameter.

redoakboo

Positive

On Dec 31, 2008, rickbayless from Charlottesville, VA wrote:

I prefer this variety over the purple kind. These are milder and they do not cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals the way the purple ones do. They do tend to grow a little smaller than the purple, maxing out at 6", but they do well in containers. Harvest before they turn yellow, unless you are saving seeds.

Cultivate as you would a tomato. Perennial in tropical zones.

Neutral

On Dec 30, 2008, Robubba from Moulton, IA wrote:

Eggplants are good with garlic, marigold, spinach, tarragon, thyme, and peas in companion planting.

Avoid planting near an apricot tree, although I have no idea why you would =P

Neutral

On Feb 3, 2006, jbl from Wonder Lake, IL wrote:

Wasn't too crazy about this variety. Fruits are small, and weren't that tasty. Maybe I did something wrong, like picking the fruit too late, but wasn't too impressed.

Neutral

On Aug 24, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A white-pale green oval fruited cultivar available from Seeds of Change. Fruits run 3 - 4 inches in diameter. Recommnded for container gardening.