which eggplant varieties to plant

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Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:31 pm

Your Matrosik is way darker than mine, though I see a bit of striping. Must be another one of Nikitovkas that is not growing true. Tasted good though and looked beautiful, so in the end probably doesn't matter as long as seeds are not passed on as such. I don't know who my sister gave my extra plants to, would be interesting to see what their Matrosik and Gandia ended up looking like. But I doubt they saved the names.
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Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:05 am

I like Epic. Just a standard black italian style but it seems to do well and some of them develop a nice personality. Admittedly, this could be a Galine. They are about identical and I lost track of the planting...straight up chance is 70% epic.
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Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:19 pm

Ddsack, The lighting was not optimal. In sunlight Matrosik looks almost magenta.
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Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:04 pm

Shooting Star is the other eggplant I grew this year. Seeds were from Tractor Supply 2018 leftovers. Burpee, I guess, I can't find the package. They were very hard to germinate and I only got 4 plants up, 3 of which survived plant out. Beautiful eggplant. Taste good.
Does anyone know if this is a hybrid F1 or an OP? Various seed sellers list it as one or the other. Burpee's site doesn't list the status! I'm thinking about bagging one and leaving it on for seed but don't want to bother if it was a hybrid.

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Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:24 pm

Looks good @JRinPA! Looks like Listada Di Gandia, but a little larger in diameter. I saved seeds last year for Neon - a favorite of mine that was dropped from the catalogs, and sounds like what you are describing, where some had it as a hybrid, and some not! It was definitely a hybrid - the one I grew from saved seeds looked the same, and grew well, but one another person I shared the seeds with got a dark eggplant on his, though it also produced well. I'm saving again this season, for some F3 seeds - I have to check the bags, to see if they have blossoms.
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Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:32 pm

Anybody grew Ping Tung?
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Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:54 pm

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Here’s Matrosik in better light

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Today’s harvest

I seem to be getting 3 different kinds from my 4 Gandia plants: a short narrow dark purple, a longer wavy lavender, and a squat medium purple.

Also, the Sneg Sredi Leta was so seedy at 4” that I’ve started picking them at 2”! It’s supposed to be a 7-8 oz. variety.

Syrian Stuffing is looking like the most productive.

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Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:54 am

Sounds like the seeds were saved, but the flowers weren't isolated. Eggplants cross easily.

@arnorrian I grew Ping Tung years ago, and it was good, but not as productive as others I tried, so I never grew it again. It was very thin - like 1" thick - and long, and ok flavor, just not productive, and, like most, it stopped producing when it got real hot. My ichiban is producing again, since it is cooler now, and it is loaded with fruits!
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