Dusky eggplant is a hardy hybrid that is very similar to Black Beauty Eggplant in appearance and taste. That should come as no surprise being that Black Beauty is the parent cultivar of Dusky.
Dusky hybrid produces slightly smaller fruits, The plants are fairly productive and have greater disease resistance than the parent plant as they are resistant to tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) among other issues.
Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.
Maturity at 60-65 days from transplant.
Germination from seed 10 - 14 days.
Color - Purple-Black
Average Plant Height - 24-36 Inches
Spacing - 18 to 24 Inches
Spread - 16-18 inches
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 11
Fruit Size 3 - 3 1/2 inches in diameter
Poorly watered plants will frequently produce bitter tasting eggplants, adequate moisture is essential especially with this particular variety.
Slightly Above Average Yields - Up to 3 lbs. per Plant
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.