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Black Beauty Eggplant Guide

This hardy heirloom eggplant has naturally grown to become drought and disease resistant over decades. It will yield dark purple eggplants quite vigorously and is strong enough to keep them off the ground. Great for baking or cooking (stuffing, grilling, ratatouille, baba ganoush etc)! Known for its early maturing fruits.

TO SOW

Eggplants grow best in warm weather between 75°F-95°F. They do great in containers and small gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends transplanting.

If Direct Seeding

  • Direct seed outside 4 weeks after last frost date; or
  • Direct seed into a container 12-14 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 75°F-95°F; or

If Transplanting

Begin the growing season early and start the eggplant seeds indoors in trays or pods 4 weeks before the last frost date; clingwrap the container to seal in the warmth. You can even place a heat mat under them as they love warmth during germination. Germination is best and fastest between 75°F-85°F. It can be transplanted outside 8 weeks later.

Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 18-24 inches apart with rows spaced 24-36 inches apart. Germination will take 7-14 days.

TO GROW

Eggplant likes well-draining, fertile soil mixed in with compost and free of weeds. They also like full sun and thorough but infrequent watering. Check the top 3-4 inches of soil and if it is dry, then water it. You can let dry between watering.

Add compost to the soil every 5-6 weeks or use 10-10-10 or 5-10-10 fertilizer.

TO REAP

Days to maturity take 74 days. Harvest when the fruits reach desired sizes. Use sharp scissors or a knife to cut the eggplant off carefully. Beware of the prickly stem and be careful not to bruise the soft fruit. Harvesting more will encourage more production of eggplants.

PESTS/DISEASES

Aphids, whiteflies, flea beetles, potato beetle, hornworm, spider mites – avoid over fertilizing with nitrogen, manage weeds, handpick off, insecticide, neem oil

*Plant eggplants with dill, cilantro, peas, peppers, spinach and marigolds. Avoid planting with fennel.*

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