What are the pros? Prolific and tasty
What are the cons? Very attractive to pests
I grew these in 2017, starting them in a cell tray on a heat mat about 8 weeks before setting out in late May. Germination was about 80%. They produced very well from July until frost. You can pick eggplants small or large, any time after they form.
Eggplants are fussy about warmth and water. We watered them with a soaker hose once a week if it didn't rain. We fertilized them with Tomato Tone from Espoma, and they grew well.
Like all eggplants, these attracted flea beetles, hornworm caterpillars, potato beetles, and blister beetles. I dealt with flea beetles by spraying just before sunset with Pyola (pyrethrins) about once a week from May to mid-July. We picked off the other pests and their eggs every few days. Be careful to wear gloves and long sleeves when handling blister beetles.
Of the 15 plants we set out, 12 survived to produce. Two didn't make it because they were shaded by other plants - they grow more slowly than tomatoes and peppers. One spontaneously died.
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