Nadia F1 eggplant
Nadia is a traditional black Italian type that can set fruit under cooler conditions. The dark purple fruits are blemish free on tall strong plants. A well regarded variety in the colder parts of the US. Can grow to 1.6m tall if trained to two stems in hothouses. Eggplants like consistent soil moisture for best results.
The main eggplant grown in my hothouses over summer.
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.
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)