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Turkish Orange Eggplant (Heirloom 80 days)

Turkish Heirloom. Originally from Turkey and quite popular in all the Mediterranean countries. It produces dozens of 2 oz, orange-red fruit that resemble small tomatoes. Plants are very tall, as much as 4’ and it is reported that the fruits are best eaten when still green or beginning to change color. 

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 the 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 the 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 compost 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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Sweet and so pretty!

I had a very slow start with these, but they took off after I had all but tallied them off as a loss. The plants didn't get very big, never filled out or needed the cage I put around them, but produced well and were sturdy. I picked the eggplants when they had a nice warmth of orange starting to creep up the sides but were still mostly green. They were very sweet, had a nice texture - not as soft as some of the long asian eggplants and not as firm as Apple Green (which is my all-time favorite!). They're also so lovely to look at that this will be in my garden next year for sure!

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My top 3 selections.

I grew a wide selection of eggplant to see what grows and taste good. This is in the top 3 I continue to buy from Pinetree. Grows well in my climate. Michigan. Easy to harvest, clean, slice and cook. Smaller than the long or ovoid shaped eggplants BUT it makes up for size with a really nice flavor. HARD TO FIND. This is the 2019 growing season and I bought another company's seeds. Inspected them and almost 25% were bad seed. Pinetree 's seed all looked proper and have not EVER had a seed germination failure with this vegetable.