Patio Baby is a very early and highly productive eggplant with a compact habit, making it a great choice for containers or in the garden. Rich deep purple, egg-shaped fruit should be harvested at baby size – 4 to 5 cm (2 to 3 in), and are delicious roasted or in dips and salads. Plants will continue to produce fruit throughout the entire season.
Start seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks in advance of intended date for moving the plants to the garden. Plant seed in 8 cm (3 in) jiffy pots or strips. Just cover the seed and keep soil warm, 24 C (75 F). Seed germinates in 7 to 10 days. Grow on at a warm 24 C (75 F) temperature. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed. Space 45 cm (18 in) apart in rows 1 m (3 ft) apart. Feed weekly with 10-52-17 and organic seaweed for strong healthy plants.