Easter Egg Eggplant

Easter Egg Plant

The Easter Egg eggplant is classified as an Ornamental plant, but the eggplants are just as edible as any other. If growing for culinary purposes it is advisable that you harvest the fruits early as over ripe eggplants sometimes have a slightly bitter taste.

As with most small eggplants, this variety matures quickly. It blooms in mid spring with attractive blue to lavender flowers and rapidly produces white eggplants roughly the size and shape of an egg.

As the eggplants mature they turn colors generally a golden yellow, but from time to time also creamy yellow, orange and sometimes a funky green.

It is highly prolific, the more you pick the more it produces. The fruits average 3-5" round, and each plant should produce 20 -30 per season.

Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.

Maturity at 58- 72 days from transplant.

Germination from seed 10 - 14 days.

Color - Assorted

Average Plant Height - 12-18 Inches

Spacing - 12-15 Inches

Spread - 12-16"

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 11

Fruit Size 4 to 5 inch diameter

Full Sun - Partial Shade Tolerable

Poorly watered plants will frequently produce bitter tasting eggplants, adequate moisture is essential.

Above Average Yields by both quantity and weight

For seed saving -Unblemished eggplants should be overripe before harvesting the seeds.

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. apartTransplants should be about 6 weeks old and slightly hardened, grown in 2 inch. or larger pots.

All eggplant varieties are highly susceptible to flea beetle 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.

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