Beatrice Eggplant Uses And Care: How To Grow Beatrice Eggplants

Beatrice Eggplant Uses And Care: How To Grow Beatrice Eggplants

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By: Teo Spengler

Gardeners love growingeggplant. It is a beautiful plant in both beds and containers andalso makes healthy, excellent eating. If you are seeking a large Italian-typefruit with a great taste, you may want to consider growing Beatrice eggplants. Whatis a Beatrice eggplant? It’s a type of eggplant that is particularly attractiveand delicious. For more Beatrice eggplant information, including tips on how togrow Beatrice eggplants and Beatrice eggplant uses, read on.

What is a Beatrice Eggplant?

Eggplants come in so many sizes and shapes that there isliterally a type suited to any garden. Given the number of eggplantvarieties out there, you may not have heard about the joys ofgrowing Beatrice eggplants (Solanummelongena var. esculentum). Butit’s worth a look.

This is a stately, upright garden plant that produces large,round, bright lavender fruit. The plants can grow to 36 inches (90 cm.) talland, according to Beatrice eggplant information, the yield per plant isexceptionally high.

Growing Beatrice Eggplants

Beatrice eggplants grow well both in the garden and thegreenhouse. Those growing Beatrice eggplants sow the seeds in spring. Theeggplant blossoms are an attractive pink-purple. These are followed by roundfruits with a brilliant lilac skin that require about two months fromgermination to mature.

If you are wondering how to grow Beatrice eggplants, you’llfind it easy if you site the plants correctly. All eggplants require direct sunand well-draining soil and Beatrice eggplants are no exception.

For best results, plant Beatrice eggplants in fertile soilwith a pH range of 6.2 to 6.8. You can sow seeds indoors several months beforespring planting. The soil should be warm – some 80 to 90 degrees F. (27 to 32degrees C.) until the seedlings appear. Transplant in late spring, spacing themabout 18 inches (46 cm.) apart.

These eggplants are best if harvested when they are about 5inches (13 cm.) in diameter. Picked this size, the skin is thin and tender. Ifyou like the taste of the heirloom eggplant Rosa Bianca, you’ll get the sameshape, flavor and texture in this variety. Beatrice eggplant uses includegrilling, stuffing and making eggplant parmesan.

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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

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Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.


How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow eggplant seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Eggplants should be set 2-3 feet apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Use a plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Eggplants may also be planted in containers. Use a container at least 18-24 inches wide and deep and use a commercial potting mix rather than garden soil.

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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.

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 :)

I too grow the Violetta Lunga, fruits well for me and I like the slimmer fruit.

I have never liked the hard texture of any green eggplants that I have tried.

I do like the stripes because they are so pretty!!

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.

Patio Baby
Violet King
Southern Pink
Fairy Tale

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.

Newyorkrita said: I start my eggplants from seed. I just did the labels. I am going to plant--

Patio Baby
Violet King
Southern Pink
Fairy Tale

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.

CarolineScott said: Started seeds for:

Hope yours come up quickly. My eggplants seeds are so slow coming up this year.

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