[Market-farming] Eggplant Varieties

Lori sands tchfrch at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 4 06:58:32 EST 2012

About Florida Highbush: Last June I got some free seedlings from a friend who operates a greenhouse seedling production business ( because she had many leftovers after the main 'sales' season)  I plonked them into a high tunnel and kind of let them fend for themselves. They grew the biggest, meatiest, most cosmetically perfect eggplant I have ever had. They probably would have done better had I irrigated more and fussed more.   So it is true that they can tolerate heat and drought.  Next year I will get them in earlier. and plant more.  Lori Sandswestern PA
 Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:40:34 -0500
From: mrw601 at gmail.com
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Eggplant Varieties

Hi Pam,
We grew Nadia and Epic, this year.  We expected great things from Nadia after last year, but it was a bust in the heat, this year.  Epic did a lot better for us, although it wasn't great, either.

Mark Weinheimer
Farm Manager
Regional Food Bank of NENY 

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Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:54:53 -0500

From: Pam Twin Oaks <pam at twinoaks.org>

Subject: [Market-farming] Eggplant varieties

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Thank you Carla and Ben for your suggestions on heat-tolerant eggplant

varieties a while back. I can see the sense of planting several varieties,

including a fast-maturing one, followed by more heat-tolerant (but slower)

ones. I've been researching the ones you each suggested and some others.

I'm looking at trying some combination of my previous favorite Nadia (67d,

good set in cool conditions) with some of

Epic 61-64d (early and huge!), from Osborne, Stokes. Recommended in Florida

and Texas.

Night Shadow 68d, (size claims vary from "similar to Epic" to "smaller"),

Osborne, Stokes, Siegers.

Traviata (variously recorded as 55-60d, 70d and 80d), small but good

flavor. Osborne, Johnnys, High Mowing. Recommended in Florida.

Classic 76d, heavy yields, high quality, does not perform well in cool

conditions. Harris. Recommended in Florida and Texas.

Santana 80d, large, continuous setting. Siegers. Recommended in Florida.

These are all hybrids, but I also found a couple of promising -sounding OPs:

Florida High Bush 76-85d, reliable, large fruit, drought and disease

resistant. Seed Savers Exchange, Cherrygal/Sustainable Seed Co.

Recommended in Florida and Texas.

Florida Market 80-85d, large, excellent for the South, not for the

Northeast. Baker Creek. Recommended in Florida and Texas.

If anyone has any comparisons of two or more of these, I'd love to hear

more. I only really want to try 3 or 4, not all of them in one year.

Pam, Twin Oaks, Virginia, zone 7a


Pam Dawling

Author of Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on a

Few Acres




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