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Characteristics: Annual or perennial shrub
Seed per packet: 30
An early heirloom variety from Taiwan producing shiny, dark lavender fruits up to 30 cm long with an excellent flavour and tender skin.
Adaptable to most good garden soils that is well composted and free draining. Requires full sun and a long growing season. Perennial in the tropics but generally grown as an annual in temperate zones.
Tropical: Year Round
Temperate: Sring to Early Summer
Sow: 6mm deep.
Sow direct or grow in trays of a good seed raising mix and transplant when 6-7cm tall.
Germination: 10-14 days.
Plant space: 60-75cm
Row space: 60-75cm
Maturity: 6-10 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.