Eggplant, Millionaire Hybrid
Smooth, very attractive, Japanese type with fine flavor.
Days To Maturity
8-12 weeks BLF
How to Sow and Plant
- Sow eggplant seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit.
- Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
- Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
- Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
- As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
- Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
- If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
- Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
Planting in the Garden:
- Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
- Eggplants should be set 2-3 feet apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart.
- Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
- Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
- Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
- Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.
- Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
- Eggplants may also be planted in containers. Use a container at least 18-24 inches wide and deep and use a commercial potting mix rather than garden soil.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
- Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvesting and Preserving Tips
- Pick regular-sized eggplants at 4-5 inches long, 60-70 days after transplanting into the garden. Look for firm fruits, with a glossy shine. Dull skin is a sign that the plants are overripe. Overripe fruit turn brownish and the flavor may be bitter.
- Hold firmly at the blossom end and cut with a knife or pruners. When cutting the fruit, leave 1 inch of stem attached. Eggplants are prickly at the stem end so handle with care.
- Use eggplants immediately after harvesting. If you would like to freeze some for later use, cook the fruit first and then freeze.
- Eggplant makes a great substitute for meat in many dishes.
Days To Maturity55 daysFruit Size8-10 inchesSunFull SunSpread16 inchesHeight18-24 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time8-12 weeks BLFThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Eggplant, Millionaire Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 1 out of 5 by Steph2888 from barely growing eggplant Not sure what the problem is since the other seeds I ordered have performed very well, but this eggplant has produced just small seedlings after 3 months! They took about 3 weeks to germinate and have barely grown since. I've purchased new plants to insure that I get a crop at all.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 1 out of 5 by kayakmastr from Big Disappointment Love eggplant, love Japanese eggplant. Grew three plants of Millionaire, got zero fruits. Had a cool summer here on Long Island, evidently Millionaire not only loves but needs hot weather!Date published: 2010-02-10Rated 4 out of 5 by FairyGardener from Hotweather plant Make sure to plant this when there is no chance of a cold snap. I planted twelve and only have two survive because of 40 degree weather killed them. Does not seem to do well in sandy soil. production has been great and I hope to have more next year.Date published: 2009-07-10Rated 1 out of 5 by Symphony from Failed to Germinate Burpee seeds are usually spectacular performers. Though every summer's garden is different, my The Millionaire's hybrid failed to germinate. Nothing grew. The peppers I ordered also did not germinate well, and the growth of the pepper plants has been quite lack-luster. Everything else has performed beautifully, though.Date published: 2008-07-31Rated 5 out of 5 by ScotchIrishGardenmeister from Millionaire Excells We like Ichiban eggplant; however, we tried Millionaire from Burpee and found it to be just as good if not better. I don't understand the reviewer/(s) that have a negative opinion of this eggplant or did not have good results. It must be variations in different soils in different locations. I'm in northern Louisiana and Millionaire did great here. I highly recommend it ! Great taste !Date published: 2008-07-09Rated 5 out of 5 by NashvilleGardner from Great for Grilling I've tried about 1/2 a dozen eggplant variaties, and this is my favorite. The fruit sets much earlier than some variaties. The fruit is slender and long, almost a foot. They are easily sliced into grilling thickness. A little olive oil, pepper and salt is all they need for grilling, and they are delicious! The fruit is plentiful with relatively few and small seeds. Highly recommended.Date published: 2008-05-23Rated 2 out of 5 by ox1111 from OK at best This is ok but is not as good as other type. The eggplants are plentifully and small alright for sir fry and they taste fine.Date published: 2008-03-22