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OPHELIA EGGPLANT ( F1 Hybrid 55 days)

This is a very interesting alternative for the patio that will produce dozen of fruit over the course of the season. Eggplants are small, a little over 2 oz each, and born in clusters like a tomato. They look just like a miniature eggplant with a deep purple color and an oval round shape. Plants are smallish and compact but will require a pretty good sized pot. Flavor is fine and ophelia makes a very nice hors d'oevres.

20 seeds


Germ 5-14 days

Indoors- Start 8-10 weeks before last frost, 1/4” deep with soil temperatures 75-80 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant 18” apart when danger of frost has passed.

Harvest- When fruit is shiny and smooth, before losing its luster.

Tips- Plant in fertile soil, water with compost tea every two weeks and use row cover to give the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Mulch and keep well watered.

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=( So very bitter

Don't know why, but I have three Ophelia's and they're all producing multiple beautiful eggplants that are picture perfect, but oh-so-bitter! I even tried salting them, no improvement, I don't do dairy, so a milk-soak wasn't investigated. I thought I was picking too small, so I let them get bigger, they were still bitter. Now they're just ornamental plants.

Kathryn F.
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Happy to Have the Seeds

Too early to comment on the success of the seeds/plants/veggie! with snow on the ground. But just wanted to thank you for having the Ophelia seeds available. I first got them from Johnny's but they discontinued them. And Ophelia is a great eggplant--sweet, versatile, and productive here in Midcoast Maine.


Ophelia's a Keeper!

What an amazing eggplant! They are great grilled, and incredibly prolific--over a dozen per plant. Ophelia is also shaped like no other eggplant; the plants are only about 2' tall, but the branches are just as long. The eggplants grow all along each of the branches, starting from the "trunk", and eventually can need some support. Last year, one of the plants had 6 on one branch! I didn't realize The Ophelias were supposed to be picked small, so they ranged from 6" down to 2". Maybe they were designed by Dr. Suess! Ophelia is now one of my 3 every-year eggplants.


Ophelia Fun

Easy to grow. Fast appearing little eggplants. Good for containers.