Eggplant, Red Ruffled
- Red-orange ribbed fruits grow up to 3 inches
- Fruits are bitter
- Plants grow to 2-3 foot
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
This variety is also known as "Hmong Red" and comes from Thailand. It was introduced as an ornamental plant in the 19th century and is used by florists in fall arrangements as the fruit resembles miniature pumpkins.
The eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and, as such, is related to both tomatoes and potatoes. It has been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia for thousands of years. The first written record of it is from a Chinese agricultural paper from the year 544 and it was noted in the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages.
The name "eggplant" most likely comes from European varieties of the 18th century that were yellow or white and did, in fact, resemble the egg of a goose. In British English it is known as an aubergine.
Learn to Grow it
Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before planting out
Transplant: 3-4" Pots
Germination: 5-30 Days
Light: Full Sun - 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.
You should start eggplant seeds indoors about 8 weeks before your last frost. Sow your seeds about 1/4 inch deep in soil trays or pots. They should germinate after about 14 days. When you plant them outdoors space them 18-24 inches apart. Covering the soil with landscape fabric or black plastic can warm it faster and accelerate the growth of the your eggplants. They will mature about 65-75 days after they are transplanted.
There are about 8.2k seeds in an ounce of Red Ruffled eggplant.