Black Beauty Eggplant is an heirloom, open-pollinated eggplant variety that dates back to the early 1900s. This is the most popular eggplant variety grown by home gardeners across the country. Black Beauty Eggplant is easy to grow and will continue to produce as temperatures warm in the summer months. Plants produce bell-shaped fruits that average 5-6″ long. This is a great variety for slicing and making eggplant parmesan. We also like to slice them into fries and bake them for a healthy alternative to potatoes.
Eggplant is in the nightshade family along with tomatoes and peppers. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Eggplant does best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. Eggplant grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting eggplant, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to provide more room to grow. Eggplants produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Black Beauty Eggplant Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 90
Disease Resistance: None