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Solanum melongena var. esculentum - For cultivation and seed specs see Cultivation below.

  Agrich Morita Eggplant (60 days)  This very tasty variety is a long (10 inch) and slender Japanese style eggplant which has purple skin and a good flavor. Bears profusely.
#29335    Packet    $4.50    Approximately 50 seeds
#LG29335   Large Packet    $50.50    Approximately 1,200 seeds

Ao Daimaru (65 days)  Oriental heirloom. Green 4inch globe with a flattened bottom and dense creamy flesh. Rich flavor.
#12364   Packet    $5.50    Approximately 50 seeds
#Bm-12364   Large Packet    $50.50    Approximately 1,000 seeds

Ichiban purple long
          eggplant  Ichiban (59 days)  This Japanese variety is long and slender, with deep purple skin. 8 oz fruit.
#1249   Packet    $5.50    Approximately 50 seeds
#LG1249   Large Packet    $50.50    Approximately 1,000 seeds

Imperial Black Beauty
          eggplant  Imperial Black Beauty (80-85 days) This heirloom variety was introduced in the early 1900s and has become the standard by which eggplants are judged. Deep purple fruits are 5 x 6 inches when mature and have a flavor that lasts well after picking.
#252 Packet   $3.50   Approximately 50 seeds
#Bz-252    Bulk seed    1oz  $12.95
#B4z-252    Bulk seed    4oz    $39.30

Louisiana Long Green
          eggplant  Louisiana Long Green (100 days)  Heirloom variety developed in its namesake state in the mid 1800s.  Unlike most other eggplants, this variety can withstand some frost.  Light green fruits with yellowish stripes.  Mild flavor.
#2554  Packet  $5.50   Approximately 50 seeds
#B1m-2554  Bulk seed 1000 seeds  $39.00   Approximately 50 seeds

Oriental Princess (80 days)  Excellent variety for use in oriental dishes.
#1249  Packet  $4.50    Approximately 50 seeds

Snowy white italian
          eggplant  Snowy (60 days)  Long uniform white fruits have a mild flavor, without bitterness.
#539  Packet   $3.50    Approximately 50 seeds

White Egg (65 days)  Small oval shaped white fruits resemble eggs.
#3484   Packet   $3.50    Approximately 50 seeds

Eggplant belongs to the Nightshade family (Solanaceae) and is related to tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.  Commonly referred to as eggplant in the US, in Europe it is also known as Aubergine. Fruits can be a variety of different colors and shapes from globe shaped to pear-shaped and elongated and narrow. 

Eggplants require fertile, well drained soil with a pH of 6.2 - 6.8. and are easily propagated by planting seeds either directly or for transplants.  For transplants, sow seed in flats or trays at a depth of 1/4 inch.  Keep moist at 80 - 90F (seed will not germinate at cool temperatures) and drop temperature to around 70F when seedlings emerge.  Transplant seedlings when they reach 3 inches tall into larger containers.  Transplant into prepared garden soil once outdoor temperature has settled and soil has warmed to 60-65F.   Space seedlings 18 - 24 inches apart in rows 24 - 30 inches apart.  Cultivate to keep weeds down.  Do not over fertilize as excessive nitrogen will make plants, not fruit. 

HARVEST:  Pick fruits regularly to encourage production. (Stems are tough, so you may need to use shears or clippers)

SEED SPECS:  Average 6000 seeds per ounce

Graph of soil
          tempertaures for planting eggplant seeds
There is great diversity in the eggplant varieties that we offer; which makes the general information provided only valuable as adjustable guidelines. This may also affect your seed planting and propagation strategies and the germination rates under your planting conditions may vary from the seed lot test results. The following soil temperature data is for eggplants in general. Temperatures are average daytime from planting to emergence. Percentage is average germination rate. Days is number of days to emergence.
59ºF x 0% x 0 days; 68ºF x 21% x 13 days; 77ºF x 53% x 8 days; 86ºF x 60% x 5 days; 95ºF x 0% x 0 days;


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