Solanum melongena (78 days) F-1 hybrid. Rounded 3½–5" black fruits with slight lobing and ribbing and delicate lavender-cream tracing around the deep purple sepals are up there with Rosa Bianca for eggplant elegance. The exquisite color detailing and sweet meaty solanum satisfaction will enhance your culinaria. Midnight-toned short-statured plants bear medium yields. Bred to blend the countenance of the Italian Prospero type with that of the Kyoto Kamo. ④
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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.