Black Beauty Eggplant
Sun - full sun
Spread - 3-6 feet
Height - 15-18 inch plant
Days to Maturity - 74 days
Ideal Planting Time - April-May
Seed Depth - 1/2 inch
Seed Spacing - 18-24 inches
Row Spacing - 2-3 feet
Days to Germination - 10-20
Harvest Tips - Pick when skin is glossy; dull fruit indicates over-ripeness. Both under-and over-ripe fruit tastes bitter. Pick white eggplants before skin turns yellow. Use pruning shears or a sharp knife to cut eggplants, keeping a short stub of stem attached.
Other Planting Tips -Eggplants dislike root disturbance, so transplant carefully.
Eggplants are very sensitive to extreme cold, so after you've planted your seedlings, if there's a chance of a really cold or frosty night, securely cover them with a plastic bucket, plastic bag, or row cover.
Available - 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. pkgs.
These large, glossy fruits are a deep purple so intense it looks black. They arise in great numbers on plants 21 to 30 inches high -- you can expect a dozen or so fruits per plant. That's a terrific yield from such a compact, easy-to-grow plant! Be sure to stake the plant early in the season to support its bounty of fruit!
Unless you have no other choice, don't plant your Eggplants in the same place you planted Tomatoes, Eggplants, or Broccoli & Cauliflower the year before. These veggies all belong to the same plant family and therefore have similar nutritional needs and are susceptible to similar diseases. Their presence can deplete the soil of important nutrients and possibly leave remnants of diseases in leaf litter the following year.
Other veggies to plant with eggplant include beans, potatoes, spinach and peppers.
Don't plant fennel with eggplant as fennel is an 'allelopathic' to most garden plants, inhibiting growth, causing to bolt, or actually killing many plants. Like black walnut or elder, it produces some chemical or other which does bad things to its neighbors.