Lydia RZ | F1 Striped Oval Eggplant Seed
$16.35 – $518.67 AUD excl gst
Lydia RZ is a versatile and vigorous variety that has huge potential to offer diversity in the Australian market with its attractive purple and white striped oval fruit.
It is suitable for both heated and unheated production and shows high levels of vigour through winter. Lydia has also performed well in the open field and showed improved colour in cold conditions. Fruit are virtually spineless and consumers will love the attributes of a mild flavour and a firm white flesh that absorb less oil than standard eggplant varieties. Average size, 17-20cm x 7-10cm
- Purple and white striped oval variety
- Firm white flesh. Good shelf life and flavour
- Suitable for heated and unheated production
EGGPLANT GROWING GUIDE
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Solanum melongena
CULTURE: Eggplants require fertile, well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.2-6.8. Sow seed in flats indoors during early spring, or 6-8 weeks prior to planting outdoors. Sow 4 seeds/2.5cm, 6mm deep, and maintain soil temperature at 27-32C until emergence and 21C thereafter. Seed will not germinate in cool soil. After true leaves form, thin to 5-8mm apart in flats or transplant into 50-75mm pots or plug trays. To harden plants, reduce water and temperature to about 16C for about a week before planting out. Transplant outdoors late spring or early summer once the weather has thoroughly settled. Eggplants are tender, and cold weather may weaken them. Use row covers for a real boost in performance and insect control. Remove when plants reach the covers or when blossoms first appear. Space transplants 45cm apart in rows 75-90cm apart, or 2 rows on poly mulch, 40-60cm between plants. It is important to be mindful of over-fertility. Too much nitrogen often results in large, bushy plants that produce only one small set of fruit.
STAKING: Eggplants may be pruned and staked to keep the fruits straight.
DISEASE: Practice lengthy crop rotation to avoid Verticillium wilt. A 4-5 year rotation for all Solanaceae crops is recommended.
INSECT PESTS: Fabric row covers are the recommended method of control for flea beetles and Colorado potato beetles (CPB) for newly-set transplants. Once covers are removed, regularly check undersides of leaves and crush any orange egg masses of the CPB. Practice
HARVEST: Clip fruit stem with shears. Pick fruits of desired size regularly to encourage further production.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplanting.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 800 plants/1,000 seeds.
SEED SPECS: Seeds/30g: 6,700-8,700 (avg. 7,500).