Seeds - Art Pack - Ping Tung Eggplant (Organic)
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Grows up to 12" long.
Ping Tung quickly became a favorite around here. The shape makes it easy to handle and use in the kitchen and its flavor is exceptional. The plant does extremely well overall in the north. It sets fruit earlier than most varieties and keeps producing into the fall, and even though the fruits are smaller, the overall yield is higher. Harvest fruits when young, about 4" for a delicate treat, or let them grow full size to 12-15" long.
When we contacted artist Aster Hung about helping to tell the story of this eggplant from Ping Tung we lucked out. She was in Taiwan! "I just picked up two healthy Ping Tung eggplants from our local market," she wrote. "Ping Tung eggplants are the standard eggplant in Taiwan. This scene is a combination of the daily street markets where my grandmother and I buy almost all of our groceries, and the evening night markets. My favorite way of eating these is cooked then chilled with a dash of soy sauce, freshly chopped garlic, and small pepper slices."
Pack Size: 25 seeds
Germination Rate: 7 - 14 days
Days to Maturity: 70
Latin Name: Solanum melongena
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 70 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 45 cm (18 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 14 days at 21 - 25ºC.
Sowing Indoors: 8 - 10 weeks before planting-out date. Bottom heat improves germination rates and times. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: 1/4". Cover lightly.
Spacing: Minimum 8" container per plant. In the garden, space 10 - 12" apart.
Planting Out: Often grown in containers in northern gardens - plant out/set outdoors starting in mid-June. Requires heat!
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, organic based potting mix with good drainage. Fertilize regularly with an organic plant food. Jobes organic spikes are easy and effective!
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed recently amended with compost. Application of Kelp is beneficial.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Notes: Eggplant attracts the same type of pests as its close relatives - peppers, tomatoes and potatoes - therefore, avoid planting them in close proximity.
Harvesting: Pick when fruits stop rapidly growing and still have a glossy texture. Over-ripened fruit will be soft and have hard seeds.
Suitability for Indoors: Not well suited for indoors - may be grown as a specialized crop.
What about Grow Lights? Grow lights are required to grow this crop indoors.