Eggplant, Long Purple (Solanum melongena) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Easy to grow
This Italian heirloom eggplant produces a great yield of firm mild flesh eggplants in that are 8-10" long by 2" wide similar to the size of your typical cucumber. This is a great option for those looking for a milder tasting eggplant. Interesting fact... although eggplant is considered a vegetable, it is actually classified as a berry.
Though gardeners with long growing seasons will be able to direct sow their eggplant seed when the soil reaches 70°F, starting the seed indoors is best in most areas. About 8-10 weeks before the last expected spring frost, plant these long purple eggplant seeds in pots 1/4" deep. Keep them in a sunny window or under a grow light, maintaining a temperature of around 80 degrees. Germination of eggplant can be spotty, and may take several weeks. Keep the seedlings moist and provide organic matter for the best development. Gradually expose them to the elements by leaving the pots outdoors during the day. When the average air and soil temperature reach 70 degrees, or about 3 weeks after the last frost, plant the seedlings in well drained soil in full sun; for fullest growth, allow each plant 2-3' in all directions. Eggplant also grows very well in container gardens; most northern gardeners depend on this method in order to succeed in growing this heat loving plant. Eggplant thrives in the full heat of summer; row covers, black plastic, or other methods to conserve heat may be necessary in some climates. If temperatures threaten to fall below 55 degrees F, cover the plants. As soon as the seedlings become established, mulch them to conserve moisture and control weeds. Keep the soil evenly moist, and apply fertilizer or organic matter once monthly.
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