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Product Description

Solanum melongena

This popular heirloom variety yields plump, 4–5 inch diameter, shiny purple fruits with rich flavor great for eggplant parmesan.

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Quick Facts

Plant Size: 18–24 inch plants, 4–6 inch fruit

Hardiness: Tender Annual

Sun: Full

Seed Planting Depth: 0.25 inch

Days to Harvest: 80 days

Good for Container: Yes

Seed Origin: Heirloom (Open Pollinated)

Easy to Grow: Yes

Water: Moderate

Days to Germinate: 10–14 days

Plant Spacing: 18–24 inches

Edible Flower: N/A

Growing Guide

Eggplant thrives in hot, humid climates. It is a cold sensitive, heat loving crop and requires a long, warm growing season for successful production. A heavy feeder, it is best grown on fertile, sandy-loam soils with a pH of 6–6.8. It is often grown with the use of plastic mulch or plastic covered hoops to increase soil temperatures. Drip irrigation is recommended.

Eggplant is most commonly started indoors 9–10 weeks prior to planting. Optimum greenhouse temperatures are 64–70°F at night and 70–81°F daytime. Fill starter tray with a sterile seed starting mix. Plant 2 seeds per cell, ¼ inch deep. Optimum soil temperature for germination is 75–85°F which can be provided by our seedling heat mat. When seedlings have 2 true leaves, thin to one plant per cell by snipping off the weaker seedling at the soil level. Harden-off seedlings for 5–7 days prior to transplanting. Transplant 6–8 week old seedlings outside in a fertile garden bed 18–24 inches apart, allowing 36 inches between rows, being careful not to disturb the roots.

Practice crop rotations and good garden sanitation to reduce incidence of Verticillium Wilt and Fusarium Wilt, soil borne fungal pathogens with broad host ranges. Use drip irrigation to minimize foliar diseases such as Anthracnose, and use floating row covers to manage flea beetles. See our merchandise section for related products.

Harvest by cutting from the plant when fruits have developed color, but are still firm to the touch and glossy. When harvested late, bitterness might develop around the seeds. Best consumed fresh, they can be stored for a few days on a cool kitchen counter as they are chill sensitive below 50°F and deteriorate readily at higher temperatures.

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No luck germinating
| Jess T

I planted in seed starter kit with plenty of moisture and cover, placed on heating mat. Not one seed germinated. Also had trouble with a few other seed varieties from this brand. Not impressed.

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