Long Purple Eggplant (Solanum Melongena) Organic Non GMO - Vegetable
The Long Purple Eggplant, scientifically known as Solanum melongena, is a classic eggplant variety with elongated, deep purple fruits. Known for its rich, mild flavor and versatile culinary uses, this eggplant is a favorite for a wide range of dishes from grilling to roasting and even making eggplant parmesan. The Long Purple Eggplant is renowned for its tender texture, mild flavor, and a versatility that allows it to be cooked in a variety of dishes. The deep purple fruits provide a highly nutritious option that can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. Long Purple Eggplants are prized for their versatile use in various dishes and their appealing appearance. Following these growing instructions will help you cultivate these delicious eggplants successfully in your garden.
- Plant Long Purple Eggplants in a sunny location, as they require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
- They thrive in well-drained, loamy soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 6.8.
- Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area.
- Transplant seedlings into the garden once the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed.
- Space the eggplant plants about 18-24 inches apart in rows, allowing room for their bushy growth.
- Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogging, as eggplants are susceptible to root diseases.
- Water at the base of the plants to prevent wetting the foliage.
- Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer or organic compost when planting.
- Side-dress with additional fertilizer when the plants begin flowering.
- Apply mulch around the base of the plants to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain even soil temperature.
- While it's not necessary, you can prune the plants to encourage better air circulation and potentially higher yields.
- Watch for common eggplant pests like aphids, flea beetles, and spider mites.
- Keep an eye out for diseases such as powdery mildew and early blight, using appropriate treatments as needed.
- Long Purple Eggplants are typically ready for harvest 75-85 days after transplanting.
- Harvest when the fruits are glossy and firm, before they become overripe and develop tough skins.
- Store harvested eggplants in a cool, dry place or the refrigerator. They are best used soon after picking for the freshest flavour.
- Seed count: 10