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45 days. Ideal for containers but right at home in any garden, this spineless, compact variety provides incomparable early and sustained yields of 2–3 inch long, egg-shaped fruit on plants no taller than 24 inches. The almost-black fruit are deliciously mild with less bitterness than comparable varieties, helping to garner All-America Selections honors.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Madison R.
A way to coexist with squirrels...

Last year, I discovered that one of squirrel's favorite foods is eggplant. Not wanting the pain of waiting long periods of time for a larger eggplant to develop - only for it to be snatched away - I decided to buy the Patio Baby. What a way to change my relationship with squirrels. Yes, they did get one or two eggplants, but because this little bush produced so many, it honestly was never a problem. And they taste AMAZING. I love this cultivar and will be getting it again this year.

Linda i.t.H.D.
Good for container gardens, but tough skins

I grew 2 of these plants in 5 gallon pots. They really are a nice size for containers, good for gardeners with very limited space. I got dozens of fruit off of each plant, and ended up giving away quite a few. That being said, the fruit themselves have fairly tough skins, and since they are small, peeling isn't really an option. They tasted good roasted or sauteed, not bitter at all, but surprisingly seedy for such a small eggplant. My daughter has braces and continually picked this eggplant out of whatever meal I put them in. I personally will not be growing them again, as my entire family prefers the Japanese style eggplant (Millionaire), so we will stick with those in the future. If tougher skins and a little seediness aren't a concern for you, and you have limited space and/or a container garden, I do recommend these, they are quite healthy plants, VERY prolific, and the fruit is tasty.

Soil Temp for Germ 75–90°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Days to Emergence 5–17
Soil Temp for Transp 65–85°F
Plant Spacing 12–18"
Row Spacing 2–3'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 70%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 200
Seed Life 2 years

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.

• Eggplants are heat-loving plants that require a long growing season
• Plants grow best in fertile, well-drained soil; raised beds and black mulch 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

• 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

B | Bacterial Wilt
BO | Botrytis, Gray Mold
ToMV | Tomato Mosaic Virus

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