(a.k.a. Cooks Strain) (Solanum melongena) 78 – 90 days. Florida Market Open Pollinated Eggplants grow from 30″ to 38″ tall and produces fruit that is glossy, dark purple, and around 9″ long. Florida Market Eggplant is almost resistance to sunscald and is very prolific.
Planting Instructions for Florida Market Eggplant Seeds
Florida Market Eggplants are heat loving plants requiring a long growing season. In cool or short season climates start eggplant indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, keeping soil at 75-85°F, by applying bottom heat. Transplant heirloom eggplant after the danger of frost, once the soil is warm. For direct seeding eggplant outdoors, plant in full sun, ¼” deep, 12-18″ apart, in rows 2-2½’ apart. Germination occurs in 5-17 days in soil 70-85°F. Stake tall heirloom eggplant varieties to keep the fruits off the ground. Start picking eggplants as soon as they’re big enough to use, and are still glossy. Harvest with a knife or pruning shears. If eggplant fruits turn dull or brown, they are overripe.