Eggplant Japanese Shoya Long - Asian Vegetable
Shoya Long is a Japanese type hybrid eggplant, developed by Taikii Seed Company in Japan. An early maturing hybrid with high yields and an upright plant habit. Fruit has deep purple skin and calyx, matures to 14-16" long, and weighs about 1/2 lb. Vigorous, upright plants produce an abundance of very long, 13.75 to 15.75 inches (35 – 30 centimeters), shiny black fruit with a purple calyx. Excellent quality. Average weight is 8.75 Maturity: Approx. 60 days
Culture: Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence. 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. Plant in late spring/ summer (when soil temperatures at least 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 fruits.