An excellent choice for containers, the garden or both.
We all know about edible landscaping. Well how about edible jewelry? This elegant, delicately striped, vivid purple eggplant would make a magnificent pendant. The lovely 3-4" long purple fruit from 2.5' tall plants taste as good as they look. Gorgeous in both garden and kitchen!
Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
Start Indoors Fall
Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
Start Outdoors Fall
Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
First Date: Feb-22 - Last Date: Mar-07
First Date: May-16 - Last Date: May-30
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 a 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 Maturity
8-12 weeks BLF
Eggplant, Shooting Stars is rated
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Rated 4 out of
surprise eggplantI bought the seed packs for this variety and planted 5 seeds, 2 of them were killed in a hail storm and the other 3 did fine. As they got bigger though one of the plants started getting a purplish stem and ended up producing a different eggplant. I'm excited to try my surprise eggplant but I don't know what variety it is or how big its supposed to get, anyone have any ideas?
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of
Best.Eggplant.Ever.Can't remember how many years I have been planting this variety, and it never fails to meet my expectations - loads of beautiful, tasty fruit. This the first year that I had one (and only one) split due to all the rain and excessive heat we had in the Delaware Valley (NJ) this year. The rest of the fruits have been perfect. Skin is very thin so there is no need to peel it; flesh is mild so no need to salt and drain it. Grilled then marinated in Balsamic vinegar with a little garlic and oregano is my favorite way to eat it. It is also wonderful for eggplant parmigiana. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 2 out of
Germinated well, got taken over by weeds easilyI was so happy with how easy it was to start/germinate the seeds. Although after planting in the garden it it seems like they were all taken over by weeds overnight. I could not have been more heart broken.
Was it a sensitive plant or was it me? None of my other plants were taken over so easily...
I will try again next year but wait until they are bigger/stronger before planting.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of
Gave lots of joy and tasty too!I started these from seed and then planted in containers. It was so much fun to watch them grow. The eggplant was nice, firm, and not too big. I made two recipes of eggplant Parmesan from two plants.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of
Great ProducerOrdered this as a plant and put in a container garden on the patio. It continued to produce nice sweet small eggplant that were perfect for stuffing throughout the summer and into the fall. Will definitely be ordering this again.
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of
perfecti live in south Florida and had planted Shooting Star almost 3 years ago. Guess what, its still growing and producing fruit! Plant goes thru summer here no problem, just gives you less of the crop and gets strong and beautiful over and over again in winter time.
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 5 out of
Gorgeous Eggplant!I Grew this variety along with 3 others (Black Beauty, Early Midnight and Purple Rain) and it out-performed the other 3 combined. So far, I have harvested 6 beautiful, 1 lb fruits from this plant, and there are still a half-dozen more, 1 almost ready to be cut and the rest from gumball size up to a week or so from harvest. Since it is September, I doubt that all the flowers and tiny fruits will ripen, but I hope to get at least 3-4 more fruits. Your description says 3"-4" fruits, but mine are at least 6-7" long and 4-5" wide. Also the plant is about 5 feet tall and as vigorous as can be. This one will definitely be in my garden next year, along with Black Beauty and Early Midnight. I won't get Purple Rain next year, as I only got 2 fruits from that plant. All in all, it was a good eggplant year for me.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of
Very Pleased With This Eggplant!I grew "Shooting Stars" eggplant in a container. It was my first time trying this variety. It didn't fruit prolifically; I had a total of about 6 fruits on the plant. They were a nice oval size - small, but not too small - with a lovely coloring. They had a nice flavor when cooked. I peeled them, cut them into chunks, and added them to homemade sauce. It was delicious! I also sauteed cut up pieces with onions and peppers as a side dish. Next year I will make sure to buy more than one plant so I have more fruit to work with. I recommend this plant!