Eggplant – Rosita

801d43a7bc394a3385df14ce6305a85c1Rosita is an heirloom variety of eggplant, originally developed in 1940s by the Puerto Rico Agriculture Experiment Station in Rio Piedras.  The plant yields lavender-pink fruits that are about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide, with a mild, white inner flesh.

Jun 18 = Day 0.  Plant started from seed (Baker Creek).  Seeds sowed in 1.5-inch rockwool cube in 2-inch net-pot. Moistened with Seedling Blend, a dilute blend of fertilizers.  N-P-K (in ppm): 22-29-16.

Jun 22 = Day 4.  Plant germinated, placed directly under a fluorescent light (2 ft. T8 bulb, 17W, 6500k) for 16 hours per day.

Jul 1 = Day 13.  Installed plant into 11 cup plastic container using the Masterblend-based Regular-Strength Blend.  N-P-K (in ppm): 103-95-202.

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Jul 1 = Day 13

Jul 2 = Day 14.  Starting to let this plant have a few hours of outdoor exposure, to toughen up the plant.

Jul 8 = Day 20.  Plant is now outside all of the time, receiving 4-5 hours sunlight per day.

Jul 17 = Day 29. Installed plant into 32 gallon plastic container using the Masterblend-based Regular-Strength Blend.  N-P-K (in ppm): 103-95-202.

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Jul 17 = Day 29
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Aug 11 = Day 54

Aug 11 = Day 54.  Mites have been found on several areas of the plant, near the newly growing shoots.  Forcefully blasted the mites off by spraying with diluted horticultural oil (diluted 1 tbsp into 1 quart of water in a spray bottle).

Aug 13 = Day 56.  Inchworms (loopers) were found on several of the leaves, creating small holes.  Entire plant was sprayed with a solution of BT, diluted in water (5 mL BT per liter).

Sep 12 = Day 86.  Plant has grown quite large, but still has no pollinated fruits.  Several flowers are present, and I have been hand pollinating, but still no success.  Also, most of the plant’s leaves are infested with mites.  There does still seem to be plenty of fluid left in the reservoir though, so I guess I’ll keep it around for a bit longer.

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Sep 12 = Day 86
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Sep 12 = Day 86.  This plant has beautiful flowers, but no fruits.

Sep 22 = Day 96.  Plant leaves look bad, with lots of mites and inchworms, plus some damage from powdery mildew.  Plant is still not producing any fruits, so the plant was discarded at this time.

Total fluid used = 24 gallons.  Final pH of fluid = 6.5.