Long Purple Eggplant Seeds


This packet yields approximately 83 plants when started indoors.
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A widely used international food thought to have originated in Japan, eggplant is fast becoming a favorite in the U.S. This long, slender purple variety not usually found in grocery stores is both attractive, flavorsome, and fragrant when cooked. There are 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. Staking is recommended for this variety.
$1.89 500 mg

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

3 reviews
If you like eggplant
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon 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.
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.

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Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon 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
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
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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