Eggplant 'Orient Express'

Solanum melongena var. esculentum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: melongena var. esculentum
Cultivar: Orient Express

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Augusta, Georgia

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Warren, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 4, 2015, sconticut from Fairhaven, MA wrote:

Excellent experience for past several years in south east MA. Great yields in a variety of summer weather conditions. Tasty in several different preps. Great grilled. Here they produce until frost. They are also a pretty plant and we placed a couple in our kitchen herb garden. A winner. Also an easy start from seed. We start with tomatoes.

Positive

On Jul 27, 2006, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Early producer of long, vibrant dark purple Asian eggplants. The foliage alone (big green, purple-veined "elephant ears") is almost worth growing for what it adds to the garden, but you'll want to eat these eggplants too! Planted around Memorial Day in our Zone 5a garden, this almost always produces by late July and continues for a couple of weeks (or more) but when finished we've been able to clear it out in time for a fall planting of something else (e.g. spinach) given the early, productive growing season of this eggplant.

Positive

On Aug 27, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Slender (8-10 inch) glossy black fruits in the long Asian style. Early. Very prolific at first set.

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