Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Slim Jim'

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

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

West Milford, New Jersey

Saxonburg, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 8, 2009, love0gardening from West Milford, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew these from seed last year and this year. They are terrific! Small, slim fruit. Great for stir-frying, grilling, or breading them sliced and used on pizza. (I bread them, cook them and then freeze for using in recipes later.) It grows easily into a tall bush and produced lots of eggplant.

Positive

On Jul 9, 2007, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This cultivar is productive. Both the plant and the fruits are small. The fruits are too small for my usage but would be fine for those wanting baby fruits. It sets a lot of them. It is recommended for container gardening and is better suited for that purpose.

Positive

On Oct 17, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

It is difficult to tell anyone else when this plant blooms, because our climate is so different. It is blooming and setting fruit right now (mid October) in our garden.

Neutral

On Oct 16, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

These require about 1 square foot per plant. It is an exceptionally early eggplant. You can harvest at any size but 4-5 inches is good. Fruits are long, slender, and purple. Flavor is mild. The plant itself is flower garden pretty, a lovely soft purple color.