Florida Market eggplant

$3.50

  • Solanum melongena.
  • Seed Packet contains approx 30 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated. Organically Grown Seed.

Availability: In stock

Florida Market eggplant

Florida Market eggplant is an heirloom that grows very tall (up to 90 – 100 cm) and produces large (up to 20cm long), glossy, dark almost blackish-purple coloured, oval to teardrop-shaped fruits.  A popular variety in the Southern United States.

Best grown in a hothouse in Tasmania. The key is to not check them by cold nights (<8 degrees C).  To germinate they need bottom heat ideally 21 to 25 degrees C.

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 60-80cm. I grow like tomatoes thinning to 2 leading stems for easier management and high yields in a hothouse.

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Eggplants on the wiki

  • 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)

 

Dimensions14 × 1 × 8 cm
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