Monarca | F1 Large Eggplant
$13.00 – $461.50 AUD excl gst
Monarca is a high-yielding, and the market leading eggplant variety.
A proven performer suitable for spring and winter protected cultivation in tunnels and greenhouses. This productive, open and vigorous plant produces attractive dark glossy fruit of uniform size and shape (elongated oval). With great setting ability, Monarca handles the Australian climate well. This variety is strong against botrytis on flowers.Australian market leading F1 variety.
- Grown for Australian climates
- Attractive dark glossy fruit of uniform size and shape
- Great setting ability
- Strong against botrytis on flowers
- Suitable for unheated greenhouse 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).