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- Category: Vegetable
- Type: Egg Plant
- Variety: Black Beauty
- Family: Nightshade
- Botanical Name: Solanum melongena
- Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
- Growing Difficulty: 4
- Soil PH: 5.8 to 6.5
- Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-10
- Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 7 to 14
- Soil Temp for Germination: 80-85°F
- Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN
- Days to Maturity: 60 – 70
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Distance Apart (in row): 24-36"
- Row Spacing: 36-48"
(SEE STARTING INDOORS)
8-10 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Eggplants are typically started indoors and transplanted to the garden. Choose a spot with full sun and rich, moist soil. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball that has formed.
Eggplants are high in fiber and commonly grilled, stuff, roasted or served in soups and stews.
Eggplants have many surprising health benefits. While being rich in many essential nutrients, they are also high in antioxidants, may reduce the risk of heart disease, promote blood sugar control, aid in weight loss, cancer-fighting properties, and much more.
Pick your eggplants at about 4-5 inches long. This should be about 60-70 days after transplanting your eggplants to your garden.
Do not allow to overripen, the fruits will turn a brownish color and may become slightly bitter. Fruits should be firm and have a glossy shine to them.
Choose your best plants to save as seed stock producers. You should wait until your eggplant is overripe and no longer edible before starting to harvest your seeds. It should be dull and turn a tan to brown color.
Overripe eggplants will typically be hard and shriveled. Cut your eggplants open and collect the seeds. Dry the seeds thoroughly in a cool dark place over about two to four weeks. Label and place your seeds in a bag in a cool place out of direct sunlight until you are ready to plant them for the next growing season.