Nubia Eggplant is a hybrid variety with the traditional European oval shape, but with a purple and white variegated appearance. It has a stunning appearance that is definitely eye-catching. This is a great variety for market stands or vegetable CSA operations. Compared to Nadia, Nubia Eggplant produces slightly later in the season and is not super-productive once temperatures cool in fall. In southern climates it will produce from May through summer into the early fall months. Nubia is similar to Nadia in size, but with a lighter and more attractive coloration. Plants produce fruits that are 7-8″ long and 3-4″ in diameter. Fruits will weigh approximately 1 lb at maturity.
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.
Nubia 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: None