Serbajadi F1 Hybrid Eggplant – Solarnum melongena L. (Solanaceae)
Eggplant or aubergine is a short-lived perennial herb which is, normally grown as an annual. Not only is eggplant easy to grow, it is one of the more prolific producers of the vegetable world. On top of that, it is great in recipes. This is a popular fruit vegetable which belongs to the same family as tomato and chilies. This is a very productive variety for cultivation in both tropical and subtropical areas. The dark purple fruits are large and round with green calyx. The fruits, both mature and immature, are sliced and stir-fried, roasted whole or used in curries.
Type of vegetable: Fleshy fruited
Edible parts: Fruits
DIRECTION OF USE
Best soil: Fertile, well-drained organic soil with high potash to encourage good root growth. Before planting, add plenty of compost and manure, as eggplants thrive in rich soil. Keep the soil moist to promote maximum growth.
How to plant: It is propagated by seeds. Eggplants like full sun. Sow seeds very shallow, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. You can even set them on the soil and lightly water them in. If started outdoors, you can also sow seeds in a seedbed and transplant plant seedlings to the desired location. Space young plants 1 1/2 feet apart and in rows 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart.
When to harvest: Fruits are harvested at 80-120 days from transplanting. Begin to harvest eggplants as soon as the first fruit reaches a desirable size. Keep picking them and do not let them get too big. By continuous harvesting, you will encourage more fruit to set all the way.
How to harvest: Cut fruits with a pair of scissors or sharp knife
Care: Keep soil moist. Keep eggplants weed free, so they do not compete for sunlight and nutrients. Aphids, Red Spider mites and whiteflies are common pests. Garden dusts like Sevin are usually effective.
Keep away from children and pets.
Store in cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.