|55-60 Days to Maturity. AAS Winner. This is the replacement for the discontinued Little Fingers. Hansel's slim, non-bitter fruit are tender, smooth and miniature in size. Harvest can begin in about 55 days from transplant when fruit are about 2-3 inches long. The clusters can be left on the plant for a few more days and then harvested at about 4-5 inches without a loss of quality. Plant will grow to 18 inches and will yield good quantities of glossy dark purple fruit. Start harvesting the abundant fruits when they are only 3-4" long by 3/4-1" diameter. The compact, 25-36", plants produce the tender, dark purple fruit in clusters for easy harvesting. Hansel is non-bitter and perfect for grilling or slicing thin onto pizza.10 seeds per pkg.|
Vegetable Garden - Tips on Growing Eggplant From Seed
If you garden in warm climates, you no doubt know what makes this plant happy, as the most pressing requirement is warmth, and the weather must remain warm throughout the plant's growing cycle. If you live in a climate with hot summers, the plant is more forgiving than in regions with short, cool growing seasons. In cooler regions, you'll have to resort to some tricks in order to have success.
Rotation considerations: Follow beans or peas.
Start eggplant indoors eight weeks before your transplanting date. You will want to transplant when you can count on these conditions: soil temperatures at least 70º (21ºC) and daytime air temperatures consistently above 70ºF(21ºC), and night air temperatures not below 60ºF (16ºC).
Eggplants are very sensitive to transplant shock, so instead of sowing seed in flats, start the plants in 4-inch pots right away, 2-3 seeds per pot. Germinate with bottom heat and try to maintain soil temperature of at least 85ºF (27ºC) until the seedlings emerge and then 70ºF (21ºC) there after.
Thin to one plant per pot, but cutting the extras with scissors. Brush the plants gently with your hands twice a day to promote stocky growth and hefty stems. Harden the seedlings for a week before transplanting by decreasing the air temperature to 60ºF (16ºC) and cutting back on the water. Once outdoors cut slits into the plastic mulch and transplant carefully to avoid root damage.
USDA Hardiness Zone -First Frost Date- Last Frost Date
Squash, cucumbers, melons, eggplant, okra, tomatoes and other vegetables in your garden depend on bees to set fruit, so plant yourself some insurance with flowers that will attract them. Bee balm is one of their favorites.
As soon as the weather is dependably warm and sunny, you should see the bees visiting your plants. Bee balm is perennial in Zones 4 through 9, so put it in a corner of the garden were it can grow undisturbed. It will multiply, too. If you “deadhead,” or cut off the old blooms when they fade, bee balm will bloom longer.