You've no doubt heard of white eggplant before, but what exactly is the difference between white eggplant and purple eggplant? Other than the color, white eggplant has a sweeter, less bitter taste than purple eggplant. It is also meatier, denser, and has a white flesh.
If you're looking to expand your garden repertoire or just plant something a little different, this guide on how to grow white eggplant is for you! White eggplant is not only fun to grow, but is also fairly easy and will definitely get some inquisitive looks!
How to Grow White Eggplant in The Garden
Planting White Eggplant:
- Start white eggplant seeds indoors in well draining soil. Keep the seedlings warm and in a sunny area to ensure germination.
- Mist the soil on a regular basis, and transplant outdoors or in a pot once weather permits.
- Transplant directly outdoors or in pots in rich, well draining soil. Amend the soil with 3-5 inches of compost or other organic matter before planting.
- The soil pH for white eggplants should be 6.2 to 6.8.
- Space each white eggplant 24-36 inches apart to ensure adequate growth.
- Plant in a location with full sun.
- Throughout the growing season, be sure to keep the soil consistently moist. Eggplant do not like dry soil and will not grow well in dry conditions.
- To ensure moist soil, mulch around the area.
White Eggplant Care
- Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.
- If the weather does drop down (below 50F), be sure to throw a frost blanket over the young plant to prevent freezing.
- Prevent blossom end rot by making sure the plant is always warm. In colder regions, plant in black pots to attract more sun.
Harvesting White Eggplant
- Pick the eggplant once the skin is glossy. If the skin of the eggplant is not glossy, but dull, that means it's been left on for too long!
- Over-ripe and under-ripe fruit will both taste bitter so be sure to pick at the exact time.
- Pick them before the skin turns yellow and do so by using a sharp knife or pruning shears, making sure to keep a short stub of stem attached.
So now that you know how to grow white eggplant, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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