(Solanum melongena) Also known as "Imperial Black Beauty". Black Beauty is a very well-adapted open-pollinated variety, thriving in almost every part of the country. It boasts big yields of large, glossy, delectable fruit.
These large, glossy fruits are a deep purple and are preceded by stunning lavender blooms suitable for a flower garden and beloved by bees.
This high-yielding variety produces fruit averaging about 2 pounds each, with about a dozen fruits per plant.
A compact, easy-to-grow plant that is well-suited for containers as well.
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Sow eggplant indoors 6-8 weeks before setting plants into the garden. Transplant seedlings into the garden no sooner than 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost in spring. Eggplant requires 100 to 140 warm days with temperatures consistently between 70° and 90°F to reach harvest.
Grow eggplant in full sun. Eggplant is not particular about the soil it grows in but will grow best in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Add aged compost to planting beds before planting.
Warm the soil in advance of planting with a black plastic cover.
Eggplants require evenly moist soil to ensure the best and fastest growth. Do not over water or allow the soil to dry out. Once the soil has warmed, mulch around eggplants to retain soil moisture and an even growing temperature.
Eggplants are heavy feeders - prepare planting beds with aged compost and side dress eggplants with compost tea every 2 or 3 weeks during until the fruit has set.
Eggplant is easily grown in containers. Plants will grow in pots at least 12 inches across and as deep. Choose a smaller growing variety. Container grown eggplants are easily moved out of cold weather; so you can extend the season in spring and autumn by moving plants indoors when frost threatens.
Eggplants are ready for harvest when the fruit is glossy, firm, and full colored and not streaked with brown. Harvest eggplant young before the flesh becomes pithy. The eggplant fruit grows on a sturdy stem; cut the fruit from the stem with a sharp knife. Continual harvest will encourage more production.