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Slim Jim Eggplant (60 Days)


Another terrific variety. Exceptionally early, we were harvesting eggplants from Slim Jim before some of the other varieties even had blossoms. Harvest at any size, but 4-5” is best. Fruits are long, slender, and purple. Flavor is mild. 

30 seeds


Solanum melongena

Germination: 5-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-90ºF. Cooler soil temperatures increase germination time.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep

Starting Indoors:  8-10 weeks before last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-90ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 18-24” apart after last frost.

How much does a packet plant: 25-30 foot single row  

Harvest: When fruit is shiny and smooth, before losing its luster. Use a sharp instrument to cut the eggplants from the plant. Pick the first fruits when they reach usable size, this helps accelerate the growth of the other eggplants on the plant. 

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amend with composted if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form.

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Huge plants, Little Veggies

Unlike other eggplants I've tried in my short summers, these actually took off for me. The plants were quite tall. I like the pretty purple flowers and the tasty little eggplants. I only wish that I had gotten more of them!


Beautiful plant tasty fruit

Updated from earlier review. I had eight plant, at least 4 too many Very prolific, good tasting, beautiful purple plants( spikes=oh hues). I made batches and batches of ratatouille and gave tons away( think "zucchini " like lol), made ratatouille soup to freeze. Beautiful fairly sturdy plants although I did have to stake them due to the dozen or more eggplants on each vine pretty much constantly. Only problem with them is I really wanted to make eggplant parm with them and the fruits aren't good for that, too small in diameter and not really long enough to slice length wise for that dish. Grilling kind of the same problem. So won't be growing them this year . Is year but for any other use they are good.



Have not gotten any eggplants yet but our May was record cold, plants are healthy and a pretty purple! A nice surprise :)


slimjim eggplant

Wonderful, compact, and productive. I started the seed indoors 2/18/17, planted in outside pot 6/4 after outdoor hardening a few weeks. As of 6/14/2017 the plant has over a dozen baby eggplants, some already 4" long. Lots more flowers too, so looks like it will keep up that pace of production. It is in a 22" pot with good compost and regular fish emulsion. Attractive large leafed plant, but the occasional spines on the leaves do bite!