iPhone Adventures: First Eggplant of the Season
Check out my cute little eggplant baby, first one of the season. Well, technically the second, because the first one rotted. I hadn’t realized it was hidden under some big leaves in the middle of the plant. Since eggplants need 60 – 95 warm days to produce worthy fruit, and yes, it’s technically a fruit, I chose the ‘Dusky’ variety for it’s purple fast-maturing characteristics.
I’ve pricked myself a few times on their thorny little branches, which makes pruning a pain (no pun intended). However, I must say my little frenchie named Leo hasn’t given it a second look after taking a prick in the schnoz.
Oval fruit varieties can grow quite large, up to 4 feet, and need staking when their heavy fruits start weighing down the branches. Plant a Japanese eggplant if your tight on space or limited to a small patio or balcony. Great for growing in containers. Knowledge is power. Pass it on!