Solanum melongena (60 days) F-1 hybrid. This long 2x7" dark purple Italian “sword” type is perfect for Aubergines à la Bonifacienne, a dish from the Mediterranean island of Corsica, where the eggplant is halved with seeds scooped out, stuffed with milk-soaked bread, sheep cheese and herbs, then baked. Also great for cooks who like uniform slices; these fruits are quick and easy to chop. Our staff taste testers described Corsica as “smooth and mild with no bitterness,” “creamy and tasty,” and “very pretty shape and shine.” The small compact plant is vigorous and productive with 5–8 fruits for at least a month in northern New England. They say Corsica is great for indoor high-tunnel production—let us know if you agree! ④
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Days to maturity are from date of transplanting.
0.2 gram packet is about 33-43 seeds.
Culture: Growing eggplant can be a challenge in the north. Start indoors in early spring. Minimum germination temperature is 60°, optimal range 75–90°. Transplant after all danger of frost. They resent wind, will not set fruit in cold or very hot temperatures or in drought. We recommend irrigation and using row covers and IRT mulch. Our selections are the most reliable producers we’ve found, yet some seasons even our skilled trialers get only sparse production of ripe fruits.
Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) Cultural controls: Rotation, control solanaceous weeds such as horse nettle, rapid flaming, suction devices, hand-picking if beetle pressure is low, mulch before adults arrive. Material controls: Surround, Spinosad For more info on CPB, click here.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.