Nadia Eggplant is a hybrid variety with the traditional European, oval shape. Plants produce uniformly-shaped fruits that are 7-8″ long and 3-4″ wide. At optimum harvest size, plants will weigh about 1 lb each. Fruits are glossy and have a dark purple to black color. Nadia is a high-yielding variety that has outperformed other traditional varieties in production trials. It has the ability to set fruit even in cooler conditions, increasing productivity. This allows for a longer harvest period in fall as the temperature cools. Fruits also have slow internal seed development, which provides a longer holding ability and more leniency for harvest time. Nadia Eggplant has a wide variety of culinary applications. It is great when stuffed or grilled. It also does well in more traditional eggplant dishes.
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.
Nadia 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: 70
Disease Tolerance: Tobacco Mosaic Virus