Days to maturity are from date of transplanting, not seeding.
0.2 gram packet ~48 seeds, 0.4 gram packet ~96 seeds.
Culture: Despite some help from a changing climate, growing eggplant remains a challenge in the north. We recommend raised beds, row covers and plastic or 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 some seasons.
Minimum germination temperature is 60°, optimal range 75–90°, optimal temperature 85°. Some varieties require fluctuating day and night temperatures. Emergence is 13 days at 68°, 8 days at 77° and only 5 days at 86°. Only 21% normal seedlings at 68°, compared to 60% normal at 86°.
Disease: V = Verticillium
Pest: Colorado Potato Beetle
Cultural controls: rotation, control solanaceous weeds such as horse nettle, rapid flaming, suction devices, hand-picking if pressure is low, mulch before adults arrive.
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