The Northwest isn’t known for its eggplants. Cool summers and short seasons often leave the gardener anxiously watching, waiting and wondering if those purple flowers will ever bear a single fruit. Diamond is the cure for these eggplant-growing woes, with its early maturity and ability to thrive in cool soils. It beat out a dozen of supposedly early hybrid varieties in our trials, producing loads of slender 4-6” fruits on compact frames. It’s been a staple of our CSA and farmers markets for years. We love slicing and roasting these puppies with a bit of salt and olive oil. Rich buttery flavor with no bitterness. Introduced from Ukraine in 1993 via Seed Savers Exchange.
Note: While we generally hold all of our vegetable crops to an minimum germ rate standard of 80% , we are selling this year’s eggplant seed at 78% germ (which is still much better than the federal standard of 60%). Eggplant is a difficult, and labor-intensive crop to produce for seed in the PNW, and we are still learning how to best grow it. We will be putting extra seed into all of our 2018 packets to offset the slightly lower germ rate. Thanks for understanding!
Days to Maturity: 80
Start indoors mid-March through early May.
Optimal soil temperature for germination is 85°.
Seed depth: ¼”. Maintain temp around 70° for healthy growth.
Plant spacing: 12-18”. Row spacing: 18-36”.
Harden off before transplanting. Plant in full sun.