Ping Tung Eggplant is an heirloom from Taiwan. There are also seeds marketed as Ping Tung that do not actually fit the definition of an heirloom, as they are bred for disease resistance.
The Fruits are long and purplish, about 2 inches in diameter and up to a foot and half long. It is more tender and a tad sweeter than many other eggplants.
Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.
Maturity at 70 - 75 days from transplant.
Germination from seed 10 - 14 days.
Color - Purple
Average Plant Height - 2 - 2.5 ft.
Spacing - 12"-18"
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 11
Fruit Size 2 " Diameter 12-18" Long
Above Average Yields
Poorly watered plants will frequently produce bitter tasting eggplants, adequate moisture is essential.
Some hybridized versions marketed as Ping Tung revert to a white color at times, and occasionally have a bitter taste. Be certain to acquire your seeds from a reputable source as Chinese companies are marketing these seeds in the US and elsewhere that are not true to their labeling.
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 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.
Its flavor and color are actually more desirable when harvested before full maturity. When it approaches its full 10 - 12" length the color darkens and it looses a wee bit of its mild taste. Harvesting early will also encourage new growth.
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.