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This type of eggplant belongs to early maturing hybrids and has a high yield. Begins to bear fruit in 90-100 days after transplanting. It can be grown both in the greenhouse and in the open field. With proper planting and proper care, from 1 sq. m you can get up to 7-8 kg of fruit.
Description of the variety Violet Miracle
The violet miracle is distinguished, first of all, by its taste. The pulp of this eggplant lacks the bitterness characteristic of other species of this culture. This property does not depend on the conditions of their cultivation.
Eggplant fruits are smooth and shiny, even cylindrical in shape, without thorns on the calyx. The rind is dark purple in color. Ripe eggplants retain their taste and presentation well during transportation and long-term storage. For its soft green tender pulp, the Violet Miracle received well-deserved recognition in cooking.
It is used not only for the preparation of caviar, but also for home canning - during the heat treatment, the eggplant pulp retains its slicing shape well.
Attention! Despite the fact that eggplant is considered a rather capricious crop, the Violet Miracle variety proved to be a hardy plant that does not require special care.
The main conditions for good growth and fruiting are sufficient light and moisture. Before fruiting, it is recommended to apply mineral fertilizers to the soil. Planting density - no more than 4-6 bushes per sq. m. In the process of growth, a compact bush is formed up to 90 cm high with short and dense lateral shoots.
Growing eggplant outdoors
Among the factors that affect the growth of a plant and its yield, it is of great importance for its planting. You need to choose a sunny and clean area. Eggplant growth also depends on the "predecessor" plants. It is good if greens, melons and legumes used to grow on this place. But various types of nightshade (tobacco, pepper, potato) plants deplete the soil, so the next planting will give a good result no earlier than in two years. For the same reason, eggplants are not planted in the place where they were grown last year.
The preparation of the eggplant beds begins in the fall. Organic and mineral fertilizers are evenly distributed on the ground and dug up.
During the autumn-winter period, under the influence of precipitation, fertilizers will go to the optimal depth, therefore, digging must be repeated in the spring. Spring digging of the eggplant bed is best done after all precipitation has disappeared, when the weather stabilizes and the ground warms up a little.
For these plants, beds are made 60-70 cm wide, with a furrow for irrigation in the aisle.
Attention! The preparation time for eggplant seedlings is 40-50 days. You can plant seeds of the Purple Miracle in mid-March.
They are sown in pots or special plastic containers for seedlings, where a separate compartment is provided for each plant. Seeds for seedlings need to be tested for germination. To do this, they are filled with water for several hours. Empty seeds will remain on the surface, they can be safely thrown away. Those seeds that have fallen to the bottom are laid out on wet gauze folded in several layers and removed to a warm place for 5-6 days, periodically spraying them from a spray bottle.
The seedling soil must be warmed up and disinfected. To do this, it can be calcined in the oven.
Sprouted eggplant seeds are sown into the ground to a depth of 2-3 cm, watered and covered with foil. 3-4 seeds are planted in each compartment or cup. After germination, weak shoots are carefully pinched off. Now you can prepare a solution for feeding seedlings. A glass of black tea leaves is poured with 3 liters of boiling water, eggshells are added there and insisted for at least 6 days.
A week later, as soon as the first shoots appear, the film must be removed, and the container with seedlings must be placed in a well-lit place. Now you need to periodically water the sprouts with the prepared dressing, and monitor the plants. For uniform growth and development of the eggplant root system, you need to periodically unfold the box with seedlings in the direction against which the sprouts stretch.
Hardening of seedlings
Eggplants begin to harden a month before planting. For this, a box or pots with seedlings are taken out into the open air during a warm time of the day. To protect against diseases, eggplant seedlings are treated with a weak solution of copper sulfate.
Plants are planted on prepared beds in early June. By that time, with proper care, strong, healthy and resistant seedlings with dense stems and 10-12 leaves will have formed.
On the day of planting seedlings in the morning, you need to make holes along the edges of the beds at a distance of 40-45 cm from each other. Then fill them with water and nutrient solution and leave until evening. The ideal time to plant is just after sunset. A box or pots with seedlings are poured with water, the plant is carefully removed along with a lump of earth. Then they carefully put the plant in the hole, pour water, and sprinkle it with earth from all sides, gently tamping it. On the first day, do not plant all seedlings in the garden. You need to leave a few in stock to replace those that die during the transplant.
Eggplant seedlings are hard to get used to new conditions, therefore, with sunrise, you can often see plants with drooping tops in the garden. It is possible to determine which of them has taken root in a new place and which has not, it is possible already on the second day after transplantation - the stem of the dead plant lies completely on the ground. Such sprouts must be replaced immediately.
During the growth period, caring for eggplants is reduced to simple actions - watering, feeding and weeding. The first time after transplanting into open ground, the plants are watered "under the root", systematically loosening the soil around the stem. When they are already sufficiently hardened, water is allowed into the furrows or ditches in the row spacing.
Eggplants do not tolerate the neighborhood of weeds, so weeding is a must. Pulling weeds around the plants further loosens the soil and saturates it with oxygen.
For additional feeding, fertilizers are poured into the furrows before each watering. This should be done before the fruits appear on the plants.
Mullein solution and "Humate" stimulate the growth of eggplants well.
Eggplant is a plant that is often attacked by pests, among which are white and green aphids, spider mites, and the Colorado potato beetle. It is periodically necessary to inspect the plants and spray them with a soap-tobacco solution. A description of these and other secrets of growing eggplant seedlings can be seen in this video:
Important! Spraying should be done only in the evening. If this is done in the morning, then with the sunrise from the water droplets on the leaves, burns will appear, which can lead to the death of the plant.
Natalia, 35 years old Rostov
I have been growing eggplants for several years now. This year I decided to try the Purple Miracle. The general principle of cultivation does not differ from other plant varieties - I always grow seedlings first. Good germination - 48 seeds have sprouted from 55 seeds. Seedlings grow strong and strong. The fruits are beautiful, the flesh is not bitter. I liked this variety, I will continue to grow it.
Maria, 46 years old, Krasnodar region
At my dacha, I always grow tomatoes, eggplants and bell peppers - they provide us with caviar for the whole winter. The purple miracle gives a good harvest - I have three long beds set aside for them. In order for the earth to rest, every year I change the place of plant transplantation - I plant dill and garlic instead of eggplants and peppers. Someone said that these plants purify and ennoble the earth. It really works! For prevention, I spray the eggplant with a garlic solution.
Sergey, 45 years old, Astrakhan
They say that eggplants are very moody. I have been growing them for a year, and no problems arise with them. The main thing is to weed on time and feed the plants. I start cooking eggplant seedlings at the end of February. I put together a long drawer where I put disposable cups. Immediately after sowing, I do not cover the seedlings with foil, but sprinkle them with snow. As soon as it melts, I close it. I water the seedlings only with melt water, a strong tea solution. And spraying eggplants with infusion of onion peels helps from pests.