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Eggplant 'Black Beauty'    

Solanum melongena

'Black Beauty' is a Eggplant variety in the Solanum genus with a scientific name of Solanum melongena. Black Beauty is a heirloom (open pollinated) variety. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Medium lavender magenta. The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 6. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Eggplant. Leaves appear approximately as a   Shamrock green colour.

Very popular in Mediterranean cooking for it’s great texture and taste.

Black Beauty grows as an Annual/Perennial and is a Vegetable. Being an annual / perennial, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Black Beauty is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

Black Beauty Eggplant is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Eggplant 'Black Beauty'

  • Full Sun

  • Very High

Support with canes if necessary

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water very often. Keep in mind when planting that Black Beauty is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. USDA Hardiness Zone 4 to 14 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate).

Growing Black Beauty from seed

Water well and keep warm. Mulch thickly. Sow in spring or early-to-mid summer.

Sow 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 1.95 feet (60.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Black Beauty about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Black Beauty

Transplant to individual pots, grow on until large enough to plant out into grow bags or the greenhouse border.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 15°C / 59°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Black Beauty is a tender plant.

Harvesting Black Beauty

“Harvest eggplants when they are young. Size is not always an indication of maturity. To test, hold the eggplant in your palm and gently press it with your thumb. If the flesh presses in but bounces back, it is ready for harvesting. If the flesh is hard and does not give, the eggplant is immature and too young to harvest. If the thumb indentation remains, the eggplant to over mature and may be completely brown inside and bitter with large tough seeds.

There is long-standing controversy about male and female eggplants, which is an inaccurate approach considering the fact that fruits are the product of sex and do not have it. However, it is folk wisdom worth some attention. Eggplants have a dimple at the blossom end. The dimple can be very round or oval in shape. The round ones seem to have more seeds and tend to be less meaty, so select the oval dimpled eggplant.

Eggplants bruise easily so harvest gently. Always cut the eggplant with the cap and some of the stem attached. Eggplants do not like cool temperatures so they do not store well. Harvest and use them immediately for best flavor. If you must store them, wrap them in plastic or use plastics and store for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator. Be careful as it will soon develop soft brown spots and become bitter. Use them while the stem and cap are still greenish and rather fresh-looking." 1

Eggplant 'Black Beauty' information

How long does Black Beauty take to grow?

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Latest Eggplant 'Black Beauty' Reviews

  • 06 Nov 2011

    Loratika Loratika's Eggplant 'Black Beauty' was Reviewed day 491

    My Black Beauty Eggplant has been a reliable and productive part of my garden. It grew to be a bush that is about 4’ high and 6’ wide. Even though I’ve pretty much neglected it, it’s been producing going on four years now and as soon as I prune it some an

    4 stars

  • 11 May 2011

    graibeard graibeard's Eggplant 'Black Beauty' was Reviewed day 278

    A good producer here – for an egg plant! Large fruit although only perhaps 3? per bush. Worth replanting here.

    4 stars

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1 “University of Illinois Extension Website” -urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/eggplant.cfm


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