Grow an array of eggplant varieties to add splashes of exotic shapes and colors to your summer garden.
December 2012/January 2013
By Barbara Pleasant
This chart contains a mix of open-pollinated (OP) and hybrid (F1) eggplant varieties (Solanum melongena) recommended for organic gardens. Learn more about organic eggplant cultivation in All About Growing Eggplant.
|Oval to oblong eggplant||
Tall, productive plants that grow best where summers are long
'Black King' (F1), 79 days
'Rosa Bianca' (OP), 80 days
'Diamond' (OP), 70 days
'Rosita' (OP), 84 days
'Nadia' (F1), 67 days
Elongated fruits are curved or straight, usually with purple to
'Millionaire' (F1), 54 days
'Swallow' (F1), 51 days
‘Orient Express’ (F1), 58 days
‘Pingtung Long’ (OP), 70 days
Fast-growing and less lanky than other varieties, these are great
'Applegreen' (OP), 65 days
'Little Finger' (OP), 60 days
'Beatrice' (F1), 62 days
'Purple Fingerling' (OP), 68 days
'Calliope' (F1), 64 days
You can always find new adventures by growing eggplant varieties
‘Casper’ (OP), 70 days
‘Kermit’ (F1), 60 days
‘Louisiana Long Green’ (OP), 75 days
‘Turkish Orange’ (OP), 75 days
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Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on Google+.
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