Organic Early Black Egg Eggplant Seeds - 30 Seeds - Small slender fruits, Becomes established very quickly, Grows in all USDA zones

Organic Early Black Egg Eggplant Seeds - 30 Seeds - Small slender fruits, Becomes established very quickly, Grows in all USDA zones

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Organic Early Black Egg Eggplant Seeds

Description: An early Japanese variety of fine flavor with small, tender, egg-shaped fruits about 5 inches long. Sets well in the Mid-Atlantic including cool, short season areas. Seedlings are very vigorous and become established very quickly. Best suited for very rich soils and sunny locations
Days to Harvest: 60 to 64 Days
Fruit Color: Black, Deep Purple
Fruit Size: 4.5 to 5 inch lobular fruits.
Sun: Choose the sunniest site you can find for eggplant. Soil should be fertile, well-drained and rich in organic matter.
pH: 5.2 to 7.4, amend as needed
Soil: Eggplant also needs a lot of calcium, so add lime to the soil before you plant. (If you use eggshells in your compost (Or shellfish shells, then you will be fine and do not need to add lime.)
Starting Seed: Start seed indoors at least 8 to 10 weeks before the last expected frost. (Or start directly in the ground when the last frost has passed.) Harden off seedlings, then transplant them to the garden when all danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature has reached 60 degrees F. Add a half-shovelful of compost or well-rotted manure to each hole before you set in the plant.
Spacing: Set standard-size varieties 18 to 24 inches apart; compact and dwarf kinds can be a little closer together. Stake tall varieties to keep the fruits off the ground. Place a paper collar around each stem to deter cutworms, and add floating row covers or cloches to protect new plants from cold, wind and insects.
Fertilizing and Care: Spray plants with compost tea or fish emulsion three weeks after transplanting and side-dress monthly with a balanced organic liquid fertilizer.
Water: Give eggplant about an inch of water a week and, once the plants are established and the ground is warm, mulch to retain moisture and deter weeds.
Care: Pinch back new blossoms about three weeks before the first expected frost. This will channel the plants' energy into maturing existing fruits rather than producing new ones that won't survive the frost.
Harvesting: Start picking eggplants as soon as they're big enough to use, and keep picking them till the fruits lose their gloss. If they are brown and hard, you have waited too long.
Container: All eggplants thrive in containers, but varieties with smaller fruits look more in proportion. However, larger one add a more dramatic effect to your presentation.
Warning: Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family, all of which contain toxic alkaloids. (Potatoes, tomatoes and peppers also belong to this clan.) While all the fruits of the family are perfectly safe, do not eat any other part of the plant.
Notes: Eggplant, is a warm-season crop, and among the easiest veggies to grow. It also ranks among the most beautiful, and the prettiest very rarely make it to the supermarket, they are cherished for their skin, texture and beauty, prepared or not, they are a sight to behold! From smooth glossy globes, to teardrops, gourd shaped, half-moons or even eggs in pink, green, yellow, white, lavender, violet, and even multicolored. The eggplant is one of the most diversified cultivated plants in the world. It is known to exist in one form ort another in over 2,000 different cultures spanning the globe.

Materials: 30 Organic Early Black Egg Eggplant Seeds