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Bonnie Plants Black Beauty Eggplant is a prolific producer of gorgeous, delicious, purple-black fruit for eggplant parmesan, ratatouille, baba ghanoush, or simply grilled as a “burger.” Keep them well-watered and harvest often. Pick the fruit before the glossy, dark skin begins to fade. (The color and glossiness of the eggplant determine the best time to harvest, rather than the fruit’s size.) Grows beautifully in garden beds or containers. Add a cage to your eggplant to help support stems when heavy with fruit. Place in full sun, and feed regularly. Matures in 80 days.
- Light Full sun
- Fruit size Up to 8 inches long
- Matures 80 days
- Plant spacing 24 to 36 inches apart
- Plant size 3 to 4 feet tall
Quick Guide to Growing Eggplant
- Plant eggplant when soil temps are above 50° F and all chances of frost have passed.
- Space eggplant 24 to 36 inches apart and stake them once established to prevent toppling. Choose an area with abundant sunlight and fertile, well-drained soil.
- Improve native soil by mixing in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter.
- Keep soil moist but not soggy—soaker hoses are a great option.
- Keep your plants fed by feeding them regularly with a continuous-release plant food.
- Apply a layer of mulch made from organic matter, such as finely ground leaves or bark, once plants reach 6 inches tall.
- Harvest eggplant when fruits stop growing and their skin becomes glossy. Remove ripe fruit with gardening shears, leaving a small portion of the stem attached.