Eggplant Long Purple HEIRLOOM Seeds

Eggplant Long Purple HEIRLOOM Seeds

Solanum melongena

Item #0132

80 days from transplanting. Eggplant is the king of summer vegetables in Japan. This long, slender purple variety is both attractive and flavorsome. Homegrown eggplant is far superior to store-bought; they are outstanding when harvested at their tender, succulent peak. A widely used international food, there are countless recipes from Italy to China to Russia and beyond.

This packet yields approximately plants.

Days to Emerge:
10-20 days

Seed Depth:
1/4"

Seed Spacing:
start indoors

Row Spacing:
2'-3'

Thinning:
start indoors
plant 18" apart outside


When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, when soil temperature is at least 70ºF, and when outside nighttime temperature is at least 60°F. Ideal soil temperature is 80°F‒90°F.

When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 10 to 12 weeks before average last frost. 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.

Harvesting: "Long Purple should be harvested when the fruit is 8”–10” long and the skin is still shiny. If you are in doubt about maturity level, note that it’s better to harvest eggplants a little young (6") rather than wait until they are overly mature with dull skin, plentiful dark seeds, and bitter taste. To harvest, cut the stem with pruners. Continual harvest will encourage more production. "

Artist: Carolyn Crawford

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