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PlantFiles: 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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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:

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


2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive redoakboo 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.


Positive rickbayless 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 Robubba 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 jbl 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 Farmerdill 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.


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

Clermont, Florida
Charlottesville, Virginia

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