Eggplant Chinese Bride - Asian Vegetable
The compact plants of this Chinese variety are well branched and produce 2-3 eggplants per cluster. The tender fruits have purple skin with white stripes, a green calyx and white flesh. They mature to 8" long and 1 1/4" in diameter. The strong plants are tolerant of bacterial wilt.
Culture: Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence (75-80°F minimum). Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Transplant in late spring/ summer (soil temperatures at least above 60°F) in a very warm and sunny location. Eggplants are heavy feeders so use a balanced fertilizer. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and few fruit..