Black Bell Eggplant

Tips to Growing Black Bell Eggplant

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    Black Bell is a hybrid eggplant that is similar to Black Beauty Eggplant - the heirloom.

    Black Bell was bred for better disease resistance and as an added benefit it produces slightly earlier. It's appearance, taste and texture is also very similar - although not 100% identical to its cousin Black Beauty.

    It is resistant to Tobacco mosaic virus and Tomato Mosaic Virus, which are fairly common issues with all nightshade plants, which includes eggplants as well as tomatoes and peppers.

    Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.

    Maturity at 58- 72 days from transplant.

    Germination from seed 10 - 14 days.

    Color - Black / Purple

    Average Plant Height - 3 to 4 feet tall

    Spacing - 24-36 inches

    Spread - 12-16 inches

    USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 11

    Fruit Size Up to 8 inches long

    Open Pollinated

    Full Sun

    Above Average Yields - * Stake the plant early in the season to support the full weight


                          

    Eggplant grows best in a well-drained sandy loam or loam soil, fairly high in organic matter. Start early indoors in peat pots or cell packs

    Rows should be 3 to 5 ft. apart. Plants should be 2 to 3 ft. apart, Transplants should be about 6 weeks old and slightly hardened, grown in 2 inch or larger pots.

    All eggplant varieties are highly susceptible to Flea Beetles attack particularly early in the season. Aphids also attack these plants and come later in the season. Varieties of Aphids that attack eggplants are generally either a light blue-green or amber, sometimes black.

    Hardening Off

    The outdoor environment can be very harsh for a transplant. So, harden the transplants before planting outdoors to increase their survival rate. Place them outdoors in their original containers where they will receive direct sunlight and some wind for a few hours each day for a week, possibly more.. Gradually lengthen the amount of time outside each day. Move the plants inside at night.