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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 24, 2021 1:54 PM CST
I find the Large Italian Eggplants such as Black Beauty much, much harder to grow than the Asian types. Try a smaller fruited Asian type next season.

I never did do well with Black Beauty. No fruits. I do like Traviata though. It did well for me. This season going to grow Annia which gets rave reviews so we will see.
NE PA (Zone 6a)
PoconoPotatoes
Jan 24, 2021 3:35 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:I find the Large Italian Eggplants such as Black Beauty much, much harder to grow than the Asian types. Try a smaller fruited Asian type next season.

I never did do well with Black Beauty. No fruits. I do like Traviata though. It did well for me. This season going to grow Annia which gets rave reviews so we will see.


Thank you - that makes me feel much better and not alone :)

Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
Jan 25, 2021 7:14 PM CST
These are the 2 varieties I have
Snake of Mugla, a Turkey variety
Violet's Lunga, a heirloom Italian Eggplant
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
Port d'Envaux, France (Zone 9a)
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JBarstool
Jan 26, 2021 6:20 AM CST
SoCalGardenNut said:These are the 2 varieties I have
Snake of Mugla, a Turkey variety
Violet's Lunga, a heirloom Italian Eggplant


I too grow the Violetta Lunga, fruits well for me and I like the slimmer fruit.
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Jan 26, 2021 1:18 PM CST
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 26, 2021 1:47 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! I thought they are Zucchini at first!! Shrug! Hilarious! Hilarious!

I have never liked the hard texture of any green eggplants that I have tried.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 27, 2021 12:29 PM CST
I would stick with purple or striped ones just because theyare so pretty Smiling
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 27, 2021 12:55 PM CST
sallyg said:I would stick with purple or striped ones just because theyare so pretty Smiling


I do like the stripes because they are so pretty!!
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Jan 27, 2021 2:27 PM CST
I think my chances of finding a Pot Black plant at a nursery are ZERO but I'll look anyway.
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JBarstool
Jan 28, 2021 7:35 AM CST
This year I ordered different eggplant seed, normally I grow the Violetta Lunga.

Renee's Garden Seeds (I've always had good luck with their seeds and have enjoyed the occasionally 'different' varieties offered) offered a pack with three different seeds. Perfect for someone who wants to explore options but doesn't want to have to buy multiple packs of seeds and then plant only a few from each packet. I like buying one $3+/- pack of seeds and getting to try three new varieties. They also offered a mixed pack of three Asian eggplant varieties, I chose the Italian, none of which I have previously grown. They include:

Rosa Bianca eggplant
Beatrice eggplant
Nadia eggplant

Have any of you any experience with any of these? As many of you have said, if you close your eyes and eat... it is difficult to tell one eggplant from another.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 28, 2021 11:53 AM CST
I grew Rosa Bianca years ago. I couldn't understand why it mostly got such great reviews as for me it was horrible. I think I got one spiny fruit. Never again.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jan 28, 2021 11:54 AM CST
Deeby said:I think my chances of finding a Pot Black plant at a nursery are ZERO but I'll look anyway.


Probably pretty slim.
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Jan 28, 2021 10:28 PM CST
Yeah. But I'm not doing seeds. I'm not starting ANYTHING until I'm loaded with a miticide and a bottle of Bt spray.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 21, 2021 2:17 PM CST
I start my eggplants from seed. I just did the labels. I am going to plant--

Patio Baby
Annamika
Violet King
Southern Pink
Fairy Tale
Orlando
Piccolo
Annina


Some of these varieties I grew last season but others are new to me. New will be the last three on my list. With Annina being my only Italian Eggplant type even though it is not a solid purple one but pretty stripes and swirls.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2021 1:06 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:I start my eggplants from seed. I just did the labels. I am going to plant--

Patio Baby
Annamika
Violet King
Southern Pink
Fairy Tale
Orlando
Piccolo
Annina



So I filled my cellpacks with potting mix and watered it. I pack it down it make sure the cells are full and after filling water.

I plant to start a six pack of each variety except for Patio Baby were I will start two sixpacks

I think my seed starting this year will start with the eggplants. They seem to take a long time till plant out size.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 25, 2021 9:22 AM CST
Started seeds for:

Little Finger

Purple Finger
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Mar 25, 2021 10:06 AM CST
I planted some black beautys a couple of years ago. Not having ever seen a Colorado Potato Beetle ever before I had to ID the beetles that suddenly swamped the egg plants! Blinking Really, where had they been hiding all this time? Did they take a bus or something from Colorado? Anyhow, it was a constant pick and smush. I'm thinking about planting some more this year, though, probably a smaller, "finger" type. We'll see....and I'm looking out for vehicles with Colorado license plates, too! nodding
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 25, 2021 10:06 AM CST
CarolineScott said:Started seeds for:

Little Finger

Purple Finger


Hope yours come up quickly. My eggplants seeds are so slow coming up this year.
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
Mar 25, 2021 11:30 AM CST
I might start the seedlings for Violetta Lunga soon.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 30, 2021 10:45 AM CST
So looking at my tray of eggplant seedlings the germination is really very disappointing. Not a single one of any of the six cell packs have all six up. Some have NONE!! One has one seedlings and the others various amounts.

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