Long Purple Eggplant Seeds


4.5555555555556 out of 5 stars
(9 reviews)
A widely used international food thought to have originated in Japan, eggplant is fast becoming a favorite in the U.S. This long, slender variety, not usually found in grocery stores, is flavorsome in countless recipes from Italy to China to Russia and beyond. Also called 'Italian Long Purple', this prolific heirloom will bring beautiful color to the garden and savory goodness to the table.
  • Conventional Heirloom #0132 - 500 mg (~100 seeds)
    This packet yields approximately 83 plants when started indoors.
  • $2.49
  • Organic Heirloom #3095 - 300 mg (~60 seeds)
    This packet yields approximately 62 plants when started indoors.
  • $2.99

Botanical Name: Solanum melongena

Days to Maturity: 70–80 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Asia

Hardiness: Perennial in tropical climates; grown as annual in climates other than those that are frost-free and very warm; very frost sensitive.

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, 24" wide

Variety Information: 8"–10" long, 2" wide; cylindrical, but slightly wider at bottom end, with smooth, glossy purple skin, and creamy interior.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 70°F, ideally 80°–90°F, and when outside night air temperature is above 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 10 to 12 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outdoors 1 to 2 weeks after last frost, when soil temperature is at least 60°F, and outside night air temperature is above 60°F.

Days to Emerge: 10–20 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: Start indoors

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: Start indoors; plant 18" apart outside

Harvesting: 'Long Purple' should be harvested when the fruit is no longer than 10" and the skin is still shiny; can be harvested at baby size. If you are in doubt about maturity level, note that it's better to harvest eggplants a little young rather than wait until they are overly mature with dull skin, eventually possibly turning a golden color, with plentiful seeds, and bitter taste. To harvest, cut the stem with pruners. Plants will produce four or more fruits. Continual harvest will encourage more production.

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Long Purple Eggplant Seeds Reviews

9 reviews

If you like eggplant

5 out of 5 stars May 16, 2019
These plants are prolific! They are slow to start though and best done under lights in early (I start them in mid-February here in Zone 5.) They are good solid little plants by the end of April but don't plant out if there is any chance of frost. They won't survive even the lightest unless under cover. Definitely a full-sun plant. They do get as big as the catalog description says but don't seem to mind a bit of crowding. Definitely stake them. You don't have to tie them, but they do need something to lean against if you have a prevailing wind direction. Once they start to branch around the stake they are fine. Check them often. The fruits grow quickly! Especially if it rains! Tender and tasty with minimal seeds.
Tony from MA
Owner Response: Thanks for the review! We agree-prolific! Crowding can cause smaller fruit, FYI or you could try a liquid fertilizer that is higher in phosphorus to boost blooms and fruit size.

eggplant long purple

1 out of 5 stars Aug 21, 2020
they are growing extremely slowly. I fertilize with fish emulsion, which might not be enough. They are barely starting to bloom now. Probably my fault.
Marie Brown from MA
Owner Response: Hello Marie, We are sorry you are dissatisfied with this heirloom eggplant. Our best tips for growing eggplant are to start them indoors 10 to 12 weeks before transplanting which give plants a great head start to produce earlier. Eggplant, like other vegetables, requires full sun (6 or more hours) to grow and produce well. Also, if these are grown in the soil you may want to perform a soil test to see if the soil needs improvement. Likewise, if plants are grown in containers it would be good to check the potting soil bag to see if nutrients are included in the mix. Nutrients in potting soil do wash out and get used up over the course of a couple of months so supplemental fertilizing can be important in that case. We hope that helps. Happy gardening!

Tasty, Fun, Prolific, Beautiful

5 out of 5 stars Sep 21, 2020
Never grew eggplant before and glad I chose this variety. Grew very well in my 8" raised bed here in zone 4. Beautiful fruits shades of purple. Had trouble with flea beetles that damaged the leaves but didn't affect fruit production. Will grow again next year!
Donna Bonura from NY

Great Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Feb 11, 2021
My eggplant seeds germinated in 4 days ! I planted 5 seeds and they all sprouted up so fast ! Thank you!
Shelly Mahony from TX

Long purple eggplant

5 out of 5 stars Aug 9, 2021
Excellent packaging. The Long Purple eggplant appears to be quite productive in N California. I started the seed in early May and started to harvest in early August. Eggplants are really slow grower in the spring and it's difficult to get the seeds to the transplant size without proper seed starting/heating equipment. I started around 6 seed pods and ended up with one. Luckily the one appears to be very prolific.
Sam from CA

Good in containers

5 out of 5 stars Aug 25, 2021
They sure started SLOW and im in So California so I thought they may have been duds. But once they started going, it's a strong plant. I have them growing in containers and also in aerated hydrophonic solution. I use a small cage so it's neater. Makes great eggplant salads. I cut then go, sprinkle then in olive oil, seasoning and air fry them for 15 min. Then add other salad items and dressing. Will grow again.
Shirley from CA


5 out of 5 stars Oct 26, 2021
These stay pretty short but produce very well and have great flavor.
Jeff from ID

My New Favorite Eggplant

5 out of 5 stars Dec 20, 2021
Fast germination, great flavor. No need to skin.
Rakesh from TX

Nice Looking Plants

5 out of 5 stars Jul 15, 2022
They germinated well - they do start slowly when transplanted, and it was a cold wet spring here so that delayed getting them in the ground. But they are starting to take off, I have small purple eggplants starting to show up. We will see how they do. I am personally not a big eggplant fan, but my wife is. So I hope she approves of how they taste.
Jim from IN

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