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Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Orient Express'

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

Category:
Annuals
Vegetables

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive BDale60 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 Farmerdill 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.

Regional...

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

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Augusta, Georgia
Warren, Pennsylvania



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