The information on this page applies to seedlings sold by LEAF Nursery during our 2021 Seedling Sale.
Solanum melongena. Thin skin, tender white flesh. Long dark purple fruits have thinner skin, fewer seeds and a more delicate flavour than traditional varieties. Delicious raw, steamed, grilled or baked. Versatile, for Asian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Easy to Grow
When to Plant Your Seedling
Well drained. Sandy – earlier planting; Medium texture - highest yields
Regular but moderate watering
Days to Maturity
75 days after transplant
Additional instructions: Usually transplanted in spring using mulches or row covers to protect seedlings. Sensitive to frost at all stages.
Hand-pollinate by shaking the flowers to improve the fruit set. Stake plants to prevent branches from breaking due to fruit production and to keep the fruit off the soil.
Harvesting instructions: Harvest when fruits are 2" in diameter and skin is shinny. Hand harvest by cutting stem. Cool by placing immediately in cold water. Eggplant has a short storage and shelf-life, less than 14 days. Harvest when the flesh is glossy and gives slightly under thumb pressure. Use a pruning shears or knife to clip the stem.
Don't leave mature fruit on the plants because it will suppress new fruit production.
Storage of ripe fruit is possible for ripe fruit at 50-54oF and 90-95% Relative Humidity. Fruit are very sensitive to chilling injury and to ethylene exposure.