Eggplant – Black Beauty


Over 100 years old, this 1902 Burpee introduction was an immediate hit because the fruits ripen dramatically earlier than other varieties. A standard open-pollinated Italian eggplant with high yields and no spines. It boasts big yields of large, glossy, delectable fruit that is a deep purple so intense it looks black. Large bell-shaped fruits range from ½ to 1½ kg (1-3 lb) have a slight signature ribbing. Plants grow to 76 cm (30″) tall.

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Botanical name
Solanum melongena var. esculentum


1 per square foot.

Plant seeds 6 mm (¼”) deep. Do not pack down soil to make it easier for sprouts to reach the light.

Hottest and sunniest spot in your garden. pH around 6-6.5.

Seeds will sprout in 5-10 days.

Eggplants can get aphids, which you can wash off with a strong jet of water. We have not seen any pests on our eggplants. Very disease resistant.

Plant seeds indoors in early March to plant transplants in the garden in late May.

In our short growing season, eggplants need to be started indoors in early spring. You can purchase seedlings at a garden centre, or start seeds yourself for transplanting. Once your eggplant is in the ground, cover the ground with dark river stones to trap the sun’s heat and keep the roots warm when the temperature drops at night. Eggplant can benefit from regular sprays with kelp fertilizer while they are setting fruit.

80 days

Warm, annual

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