Solanum melongena (51 days) F-1 hybrid. The one eggplant to grow if you live in a cold part of the world. For early production of glossy purple-black tender 1¾x7" fruit of the elongated Asian type without the bitterness often associated with larger eggplants. “Incredibly, my Swallow eggplants have produced here at 60° N. latitude. They are in a cold frame on the south side of a greenhouse and have scrap foam under the soil/compost mix…I’ve had many delicious eggplant dishes—well worth the extra climate modifications,” reported Sally Boisvert of Four Winds Farm, Haines, Alaska. ⑤
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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. 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.