The best eggplants for open ground

Sharapova F1 (Netherlands, 2013)

Our rating continues with an early eggplant hybrid for growing in open beds and under film cover. Consumer ripeness occurs 105-115 days after germination. Forms a medium-sized, powerful bush with a pubescent stem of anthocyanin color. The leaves are wrinkled, with a wavy edge. The fruits are pear-shaped, pot-bellied, glossy, deep purple, without thorns on the sepals, up to 20 cm long, weighing 250-350 g. The flesh is greenish, dense, without bitterness. Each bush ties 10 — 12 fruits. The average height of the plant (70 — 90 cm) requires a garter to the stakes or trellis. Shows good resistance to diseases and adverse weather. Approved for cultivation in all regions of the country.

Main advantages:

  • high productivity
  • heat resistance
  • transportability
  • suitability for long-term storage
  • universal use
  • unpretentiousness in care
Minuses:
  • extended maturation

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

This hybrid has been permanently registered in the garden for 4 years. Seeds sprout perfectly, seedlings are strong, stocky, do not stretch. In any year pleases with a good harvest.

Epic F1 (Netherlands, 2008)

Early ripe eggplant hybrid for open ground and temporary shelters. The fruits are ready for use 65-70 days after planting the seedlings in the ground. This period increases with damage to the root system and a strong cold snap. Bush up to 100 cm high, semi-spreading, strongly branched. The stem is anthocyaninous, with medium pubescence. The fruits are cylindrical, black-violet, with medium luster, with rare spikes on the sepals, 20-22 cm long, weighing 200-250 g. The pulp is without bitterness, dense, whitish, with a strong aroma. One bush gives 8 — 10 eggplants. Excessive ovary is removed, as overloading the plant leads to a decrease in the average weight of the fruit. Epic eggplants are characterized by high growth energy and good immunity. Bushes are tied to a support from the moment the seedlings are planted in a permanent place. The hybrid is recommended for cultivation in all regions of Russia.

Main advantages:

  • excellent taste qualities
  • resistance to tobacco mosaic virus
  • high yield
  • fruit evenness
  • high marketability
Minuses:
  • low preservation of fruits in room conditions

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Like the variety very much. The fruits are classic both in taste and in appearance. Every year bears fruit abundantly, tolerant of bad weather.

King of the North F1 (Russia, not in the registry)

A very early domestic eggplant hybrid for the harsh climate of the Middle Strip and Siberia. In Central Russia and the Volga region, it is recommended for cultivation in open ground without shelter. Sets fruit even in cold summers, bears fruit equally well both in the Moscow region and in the south. The growing season from germination to consumer maturity is 95-100 days. A bush 55 — 70 cm high, strong, grown without a garter to a support. The fruits are cylindrical, strongly elongated, from 25 to 40 cm long, dark purple, without thorns on the sepals, weighing 200-300 g. The flesh is white, without bitterness, amazing delicate taste. Up to 10-12 large fruits are formed on each plant. The hybrid is unpretentious in care, quickly takes root after transplantation. In the greenhouse, it is often affected by spider mites.

Main advantages:

  • cold resistance
  • adapted to the climate of the northern regions
  • good fruit set
  • disease resistance
Minuses:
  • unusual fruit shape

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The fruits are very long and rest against the ground. To keep them clean and not affected by rot, I mulch the beds with mowed grass. I love for reliability and undemanding.

Florence (Italy, not included in the register)

A new promising eggplant variety of medium early ripening. Suitable for cultivation in open ground and all types of protected ground. Fruits reach consumer ripeness 75 days after transshipment of seedlings to a permanent place. The plant is sprawling, from 70 to 110 cm high, with rare thorns. The fruits are round, resembling tomatoes, 12-14 cm in diameter, purple, with ribs, weighing up to 500 g. The pulp is white, very dense, tender, aromatic, excellent taste. They do not overripe for a long time and remain usable. This variety of eggplant is successfully grown in the Moscow region. Gardeners note the plant’s resistance to adverse weather and low susceptibility to disease.

Main advantages:

  • high tasting score
  • large fruits
  • resistance to tobacco mosaic virus
Minuses:
  • requires a binding

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

As long as he’s doing well. This year I sowed from my own seeds. I liked the unusual shape of the fruit, the household took it for exotic.

Clorinda F1 (Netherlands, 2008)

Mid-early eggplant hybrid with extended fruiting for open beds and film shelters. The fruits are ready for use 65-75 days after planting the seedlings in the ground. Bush 70-100 cm high, erect, with shortened internodes, with strongly pubescent stem. The fruits are wide-oval, 15-20 cm long, deep purple, with a strong luster, weighing 300-350 g. The pulp is milky white, dense, with small voids, without bitterness, excellent taste. The hybrid sets fruits well even in adverse weather. Powerful bushes in the open field can grow without a garter to a support. Tolerantly reacts to temperature changes.

Main advantages:

  • great taste
  • resistance to tobacco mosaic virus
  • plasticity to external factors
Minuses:
  • average yield

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Even without illumination, the seedlings do not stretch, it turns out to be stocky and always healthy. Ties a lot of ties.

The best eggplants for greenhouses

Nutcracker F1 (Russia, 2001)

An early eggplant hybrid for greenhouse cultivation in the 1st and 3rd light zones. The fruits are removed on 100 — 105 days after full germination. The plant grows in height up to 1.5 — 1.8 m, moderately spreading, medium foliage, with large even leaves; shoots and sepals covered with thorns. The fruits are broadly oval, shortened, 12-15 cm long, purple, with a strong gloss, weighing 200-350 g, with a dense and thick skin. Pulp without bitterness, milky-white, dense. The hybrid tolerates temperature extremes and summer heat well. In a greenhouse with high humidity, it suffers from root rot and late blight. Prevention from aphids and whiteflies is required.

Main advantages:

  • high productivity
  • marketability 97 — 100%
  • high evaluation of the taste of processed fruits
  • suitability for long-term storage
  • transportability
Minuses:
  • susceptible to diseases in violation of agricultural technology

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I also grew these eggplants in open ground under arcs with covering. The yield is lower than in the greenhouse, but still good. Not capricious, easy to shape.

Giselle F1 (Russia, 2001)

Early ripe eggplant hybrid for the 3rd light zone. Consumer ripeness reaches 110 — 120 days after germination. The bush grows up to 1.7 — 2.0 m tall, with medium foliage, thorns are rare. Fruits are elongated-cylindrical, 25 — 30 cm long, purple, shiny, with rare thorns on the sepals, weighing 300 — 400 g. The flesh is light, tender , without bitterness, dense. Quickly adapts to greenhouse conditions, plant formation is generally accepted. Shows resistance to diseases and temperature fluctuations.

Main advantages:

  • high productivity
  • large attractive fruit
  • marketability 92 — 99%
  • keeping for 3-4 weeks
Minuses:
  • errors in agricultural technology lead to fruit deformation

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I plant blue ones every year. Sorte never let me down. In any season, a family with a harvest: there is enough for stew and for preparations.

Favorite F1 (France, 2018)

Mid-early eggplant hybrid for film greenhouses and shelters. The plant is medium-sized, moderately spreading, with medium pubescence on the stem. The fruits are oblong-cylindrical, dark purple, without thorns on the sepals, weighing 250-350 g, 25-30 cm long. The flesh has a greenish tinge, dense, without bitterness. Differs in good adaptation in different regions of cultivation, good health, long fruiting.

Main advantages:

  • strong, fast growing bush
  • high yield
  • suitability for long-term storage
  • high output of marketable products
Minuses:
  • bush needs shaping

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I love trying new things. The favorite last season proved to be excellent, so I decided to repeat it this year. Pleases with active growth already from the seedling period.

Behemoth F1 (Russia, 1998)

Early ripe domestic eggplant hybrid for greenhouse cultivation in the 1st and 3rd light zones. From full germination to technical ripeness, 100-105 days pass. It forms a standard bush 1.5 — 2.1 m high. The thorniness is weak: rare thorns are often absent altogether. The fruits are pear-shaped, dark purple, 20 cm long, weighing 300-350 g. The flesh is greenish, loose. Stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Moderately disease resistant. Prophylactic treatments for diseases are required. Plants safely tolerate elevated temperature and humidity; respond well to top dressing, significantly increasing productivity.

Main advantages:

  • high yield
  • marketability 99%
  • excellent fruit quality
Minuses:
  • faint pulpy aroma
  • requires shaping and garter to the trellis

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The hybrid is not the first on the list, but it is quite worthy of attention. Distinguished by strong growth and high-value fruits.

Bibo F1 (Netherlands, 2008)

An early ripe Dutch eggplant hybrid for cultivation in the open field of the southern regions and in greenhouses in the Middle Strip. Forms a low-growing semi-spreading shrub with slightly wavy leaves. In greenhouse conditions, it reaches a height of 70 — 85 cm. It has short internodes, which indicates a high potential yield. Fruits are oblong-oval, smooth, with white skin, without a strong gloss, weighing 200-250 g, 15-18 cm long, with frequent spikes on the sepals. The pulp is pearly white, without bitterness, dense. Each bush ties 10 — 15 medium-sized fruits. It is distinguished by excellent ecological plasticity: it easily adapts to new growing conditions, bears fruit even in an unfavorable season.

Main advantages:

  • excellent taste qualities
  • high productivity
  • heat resistance
  • transportability
  • resistance to tobacco mosaic virus and Fusarium
  • suitability for long-term storage
Minuses:
  • frequent spikes
  • unusual fruit color

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

We have been growing eggplant for many years. Like the variety very much. It has a mild «mushroom» flavor.

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