Package of Johnny's Selected Seeds
Package of Johnny's Selected Seeds

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AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

We carry dozens of All-America Selections winners, including seven Johnny's-bred varieties -- Jasper Cherry Tomato; Baby Bear Pumpkin; Bright Lights Swiss Chard; Diva Cucumber; Sunshine Kabocha Squash; Bonbon Buttercup Squash; and Carmen Pepper. Read about Johnny's Plant Breeding Program (article by Rob Johnston Jr., Johnny's founder and chairman).

All-America Selections is an independent, nonprofit organization that trials new varieties alongside two or three similar varieties currently on the market, then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners. Submitted vegetable and flower varieties are tested by a geographically divergent network of independent judges to determine whether their garden performance is truly superior, with winners chosen on the basis of scores received from judges at 34 sites in the U.S. and Canada. Johnny's is proud to be an official trial ground site for AAS. (To learn more, visit the All-America Selections website.)

Grows Well in Containers

Grows Well in Containers

Variety does well when grown in a container.

Gretel (F1)
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Gretel (F1)

241

Product ID: 241

Solid white, specialty mini eggplant.

Loads of mini, white-skinned eggplant on a compact plant. The tender, bitter-free fruits should be harvested beginning when they are 3-4" long by 3/4-1 1/4" diameter. A perfect companion to both Hansel and Fairy Tale. Green calyx. AAS winner. Avg. 8,100 seeds/oz. Packet: 25 seeds.

Product Price Qty
241Packet  $4.95 
241100 Seeds  $18.50 
241250 Seeds  $25.35 
241500 Seeds  $46.35 
2411,000 Seeds  $76.95 
2415,000 Seeds  $359.25 
24125,000 Seeds  $1,531.25 
241100,000 Seeds  $5,900.00 
Backordered until 10/23/14

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Days to Maturity or Bloom:   55

Plant Cycle:   (A)  

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Growing Information

Eggplant



CULTURE: Eggplants require fertile, well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.2-6.8. Sow seed in flats indoors during early spring, or 8-10 weeks prior to planting outdoors. Sow 4 seeds/in., 1/4" deep, and maintain soil temperature at 80-90°F (27-32°C) until emergence and 70°F (21°C) thereafter. Seed will not germinate in cool soil. After true leaves form, thin to 2-3" apart in flats or transplant into 2-3" pots or plug trays. To harden plants, reduce water and temperature to about 60°F (16°C) for about a week before planting out. Transplant outdoors late spring or early summer once the weather has thoroughly settled. Eggplants are tender, and cold weather may weaken them. Use row covers (see Index) for a real boost in performance and insect control. Remove when plants reach the covers or when blossoms first appear. Space transplants 18" apart in rows 30-36" apart, or 2 rows on poly mulch, 18-24" between plants. It is important to be mindful of over-fertility. Too much nitrogen often results in large, bushy plants that produce only one small set of fruit.
STAKING: Eggplants may be pruned and staked like tomatoes to keep the fruits straight.
DISEASE: Practice lengthy crop rotation to avoid Verticillium wilt. A 4-5 year rotation for all Solanaceae crops is recommended.
INSECT PESTS: Fabric row covers (see Index) are the recommended method of control for Flea beetles and Colorado potato beetles (CPB) for newly-set transplants. Once covers are removed, regularly check undersides of leaves and crush any orange egg masses of the CPB.
HARVEST: Clip fruit stem with shears. Pick fruits of desired size regularly to encourage further production.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplanting.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 800 plants/1000 seeds.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: 5,500-7,200 (avg. 6,000).
PACKET: 25 seeds.


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