Cloud 9 is a prolific hybrid white eggplant. The fruits are between 5 and 8" long. Cloud 9 produces more prolifically and is easier to maintain than Casper, but the taste is not as good. It's still a good eggplant comparable in taste to most standard varieties.
Being a hybrid, on the upside - it was bred to be more disease resistant but on the down side the seeds are not suitable for seed savers as they will not produce true to the parent plant - if at all.
These eggplants will turn a bright yellow if permitted to get over ripe, they also loose their culinary value at this point. Instead of waiting for them to reach their anticipated full length it is best to gauge ripeness by the skins glossiness. Once the skin attains a full glossy white sheen it is ready to pick.
Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.
Maturity at 65-75 days from transplant.
Germination from seed Aprox. 14 days.
Color - White
Average Plant Height - 2 - 3 ft.
Spacing - 18"-24"
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 11
Fruit Size 5 - 8" Length
Above Average Yields
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
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.
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.