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'Gitana' Eggplant
Sub-Category: Midseason
Description: Midseason Italian eggplant. Plants produce 8- to 10-inch, long, very slim, purple fruit with a slight curve.
Days To Maturity: 75
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Overall: (4.0 Stars)Overall
Taste: (5.0 Stars)Taste
Yield: (4.0 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (5.0 Stars)Ease/Reliability
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Reviewed on 08/01/2009 by YorkerJenny - An intermediate gardener

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Onondaga, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Even in NY's cool climate, it does very well. Easy to grow. I started the seeds March 18. Last year and this year, germination rate was 100%. On June 10, I transplanted them to my garden. I have long plastic pots from $1 store. I divede inside with cardboards to 10 pieces. I start the seeds in 2oz portion cups, then transplant there. I saw that this way, I have very strong plants with healthy roots. Those black plastic 6 packs are too small. I picked my first 2 eggplants on July 31. More will be ready in few days. They are very slim, so they don't need very long time to grow. I think that's one of the best choices for cool climates. Taste is excellent. I gave 4 star for yield. Because it's actually hot climate veggie, and I guess it does its best on the South states. I also gave 4 stars to overall rating, because it's hybrid, not open polinated. I bought the seeds from

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