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(F1) Plant produces good yields of large 7″ long oval shaped brilliant jet black eggplants. Very flavorful and has superior firm texture. Great roasted, grilled, or added to stirfry. Also perfect eggplant for making Eggplant Parmesan. A good variety for open field and greenhouse production. Does well in hot regions. Excellent choice for home gardens, greenhouses, market growers, and open field production. A variety developed in Japan.
An imperial eggplant with uniform, large, oval-shaped fruit that have vivid dark skin and superior texture. Robust, semi-upright plants can produce fruit weighing over one pound. A prime candidate for making eggplant parmesan.

Soil Temp for Germ 75–90°F
Seed Depth ¼”
Days to Emergence 5–17
Soil Temp for Transp 65–85°F
Plant Spacing 12–18″
Row Spacing 2–3′
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 70%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 200
Seed Life 2 years

Solanum melongena Although the eggplant is a staple in cultures worldwide, this culinary oddity is ignored by far too many American gardeners and deserves a spot in the garden. Eggplants are remarkably versatile, taking on the flavor of whatever they are cooked with. They are very low in calories and fat, high in fiber, a good source of an assortment of minerals, and have a very low glycemic index.

Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date.

• Eggplants are heat-loving plants that require a long growing season
• Plants grow best in fertile, well-drained soil; raised beds and plastic mulch (black or silver) provide extra warmth in the spring
• Use row cover until first blooms appear
• Optimum growth occurs with day temp. of 80-90°F and night temp. of 70+°F

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow indoors 8-10 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date
• When plants have their second set of true leaves, up-pot them into 3-4 inch pots, 1 per container
• Transplant hardened-off plants when night temperatures are above 50°F
• Use 1/2 cup TSC’s Complete fertilizer and a shovelful of compost around each plant

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Flea beetles, aphids, and potato beetles
• Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers
• Common diseases: Verticillium and Fusarium wilts
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when skin is still smooth and shiny
• Over mature fruit will be soft and seed will begin to darken
• Fruit can be held 7-10 days at 45-55°F and 90-95% humidity

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