Solanum melongena (75 days) F-1 hybrid. An eggplant sui generis as the architectural work of its Catalan namesake Antoni Gaudí. Dark purple 7–8" tapered half-long bell-shaped fruit with a thornless light green calyx. Early and productive in two very different Maine trial seasons—the first, a cool meh of a year, then 2020 with its heat and drought. Lovely harvests both years, with fruits holding deep full color into advanced maturity. Adorable and delish at 4–5" baby size. The breeder notes that under stress thorns may form, but in years with sub-optimal conditions we’ve waded through the eggplant patch without a single baba gan-ouch! Our trials were in the field, but it’s also recommended for high tunnels—let us know your results if you give it a try. ⑥
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Days to maturity are from date of transplanting.
0.2 gram packet is about 33-43 seeds.
Culture: Growing eggplant can be a challenge in the north. Start indoors in early spring. Minimum germination temperature is 60°, optimal range 75–90°. Transplant after all danger of frost. They resent wind, will not set fruit in cold or very hot temperatures or in drought. We recommend irrigation and using row covers and IRT mulch. Our selections are the most reliable producers we’ve found, yet some seasons even our skilled trialers get only sparse production of ripe fruits.
Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) Cultural controls: Rotation, control solanaceous weeds such as horse nettle, rapid flaming, suction devices, hand-picking if beetle pressure is low, mulch before adults arrive. Material controls: Surround, Spinosad For more info on CPB, click here.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.