Black Beauty eggplant
Probably the most popular egg plant at market for the hothouse. Produces the typical looking egg plant seen at the fruit and veg shop. The black/purple fruits size up to about 16cm by 13cm. Best in the hothouse in Tasmania and needs warmth to germinate (heat mat set to min 22).
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in mid August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (early to mid November) (cool climate). Can start earlier if planting in a hot house. Lay black plastic on ground and plant into an X cut-out if planting outside. They need max warmth in Tasmania.
Spacing – 60-80cm. I grow like tomatoes thinning to 2 leading stems for easier management and high yields in a hothouse.
Most commonly purple, the spongy, absorbent fruit is used in several cuisines. Typically used as a vegetable in cooking, it is a berry by botanical definition. As a member of the genus Solanum, it is related to the tomato, chili pepper, and potato
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 30 C (around 10 to 20 days to germination, longer at lower temps)