Ping Tung Long Eggplant originates in Pingtung, Taiwan. It produces a long fruit that is irridescent purple and can grow to around 18 inches in length and 2 inches wide. This variety is fairly disease resistant and produces very high yields so it is recommended that you stake the plant to support the weight. At harvest, fruit should be large, shiny and uniform in color. When the side of the fruit is pressed slightly with thumbnail and an indentation remains, the fruit is ripe.
Days To Harvest: 65-75 days
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Transplant after the danger of frost has passed when the soil is thoroughly warm. Eggplants are heavy feeders. Fertilize with 2-3 tablespoons of ammonium nitrate per 10 feet of row after the first harvest and every 3-4 weeks after that.
Spacing: Plant 24″ apart in 40″ rows.
Height: Grows 24″ to 36″ tall.
Tips: Eggplant is somewhat drought tolerant and should not be overly watered as this may cause the plant to develop root rot. Mulching can help to keep the plant moist and watering can be increased once flowering has occurred. Eggplant is a heavy feeder so you may need to provide it with extra fertilizer to produce a good crop.
Outstanding Features: Two words – Eggplant Parmesan.
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