Eggplant

Casper Eggplant

Casper Eggplant

EG330

70 days. Casper is a 5-6 inch long Japanese-type with ivory-white skin. Its mild yet meaty white flesh is succulent with a mushroom-like flavor, silky texture, and it's far less bitter than others. The very productive, medium-sized plants actually seem to prefer cooler conditions, making it an exemplary choice for short-season gardeners and often bearing fruit clear up until frost.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 25 seeds per 1/8 gram.
  • EG330/S
  • 1/8 gram
  • $3.05

  • EG330/P
  • 250 seeds
  • $4.35

  • EG330/B
  • 500 seeds
  • $7.65

  • EG330C1
  • 1M seeds
  • $11.90

  • EG330C2
  • 5M seeds
  • $46.25
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per 1/8 gramFertilizer Needs
75-90°F5-171/4"65-85°F12-18"2-3'70%2 years≈ 25High


Solanum melongena Although the eggplant is a staple in cultures worldwide, this culinary oddity is ignored by far too many American gardeners and deserves a spot in the garden. Eggplants are remarkably versatile, taking on the flavor of whatever they are cooked with. They are very low in calories and fat, high in fiber, a good source of an assortment of minerals, and have a very low glycemic index.

Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date.

Culture
• Eggplants are heat-loving plants that require a long growing season
• Plants grow best in fertile, well-drained soil; raised beds and plastic mulch (black or silver) provide extra warmth in the spring
• Use row cover until first blooms appear
• Optimum growth occurs with day temp. of 80-90°F and night temp. of 70+°F

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Sow indoors 8-10 weeks prior to anticipated transplant date
• When plants have their second set of true leaves, up-pot them into 3-4 inch pots, 1 per container
• Transplant hardened-off plants when night temperatures are above 50°F
• Use 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer and a shovelful of compost around each plant

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles, aphids, and potato beetles
Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers
Common diseases: Verticillium and Fusarium wilts
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when skin is still smooth and shiny
• Over mature fruit will be soft and seed will begin to darken
• Fruit can be held 7-10 days at 45-55°F and 90-95% humidity

KEY TO EGGPLANT DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
B | Bacterial Wilt
BO | Botrytis, Gray Mold