Eggplant Amethyst produces slender and long fruits up to 20cm long. Lovely looking purple eggplants with stripes. Grows well in containers and in hothouses in cooler climates.
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in 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 – 80cm.
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)