Eggplants are among the prettiest plants in the vegetable garden, with their richly colored fruits hanging like large jewels amid the broad, lobed, gray-green leaves. Which makes them perfect plants for a pot on a deck or patio. The new variety 'Pot Black' (pictured) from FloraNova Ltd. is a great candidate for container growing.
The bushy, compact plants get 10-24 inches tall and bear a profusion of small, 2-3 ounce, glossy black fruits. In addition to being highly ornamental, the fruits can be picked from the time they are the size of ping pong balls up to tennis ball size while retaining their tenderness.
For a colorful mix, add a pot of a unique new eggplant variety from Turkey called 'Turkey Orange' from Seeds by Design, Inc. The two foot tall plants set huge crops of 2 1/2 to 3 inch, 10-14 ounce, round orange fruits accented with darker ribs. Their size makes them great for stuffing.
Look for these new varieties as started seedlings at your local garden stores. Wait until the weather and soil have warmed and all danger of frost is past before setting plants out in the garden.
For more information on these new eggplant varieties, go to: National Garden Bureau.