(Solanum melongena) 80 days. Long Purple Open Pollinated Eggplant grows from 20″ to 38″ tall and does well in the north. Long Purple Eggplant fruit is 8″ to 10″ long and has a firm but mild flesh. Yield 4 or more fruits per plant.
Planting Instructions for Long Purple Eggplant Seeds
Heirloom Long Purple 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.