Eggplant, Florida High Bush

Solanum melongena
$2.99 to $40.75
SKU: 0370
  • Well-branched plants bear fruit high off the ground
  • Pear shaped fruit with purple-black skin
  • Disease and drought resistant
  • 75-85 days from transplant
  • ±6,700 seeds/oz

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Eggplant, Florida High Bush Description

Standard market variety bred in Florida in the early 1900s for the commercial trade. Vigorous, upright, well-branched plants bear continuously throughout the season. Large purple-black pear-shaped fruits with white flesh are held high off the ground. Disease and drought resistant. 75-85 days from transplant. ±6,700 seeds/oz.

Learn to Grow it

You should start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date for transplanting them into the garden. Plant them outdoors 2-4 weeks after your last expected frost.

Plant your seeds 1/4-1/2 in. deep in soil trays or pots. Transfer them to 3-4 in. pots when their true leaves appear. When transplanting, bury seedlings up the stems up to their leaves.

Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.

These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.