Eggplant Long Mix Now you can grow delicate and delicious Asian eggplants in a Mardi Gras range of flowers right on your balcony, yard, or garden! These long, slender eggplants are best picked when young. At their maturity (70 to 80 days after transplantation) they are 8 inches (20 cm) in length or more but harvest them when they are only 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) for the most delicate texture and taste. In this mix, you get three varieties from the Fingers series, renowned for their rich soft aroma, vibrant color, and optimal size. You will love sampling these delicious eggplants! Planting instructions: Eggplant must be started from seed indoors in most areas, 8 to 10 weeks before your last spring frost date. Sow eggplant seeds in cell packs or small pots, 1/4 inch deep. Water them well, cover loosely with a plastic bag or a plastic seedling flat cover to retain moisture, and place them in a warm spot?on top of the refrigerator or on seedling heat mats would be perfect. Keep the soil moist. You should see condensation on the inside of your plastic bag or dome. If you don't, then it's time to water with a gentle mist to avoid dislodging the seeds. The seeds will germinate without additional heat, but it will take longer. Generally, eggplant seeds germinate in 7 to 14 days. Once they've germinated, remove the plastic cover and place your pot or flat under lights or in a bright window. Continue to keep your eggplant seedlings moist as they grow for the next eight to ten weeks. Once soil temperatures reach 60 degrees F, it's time to start hardening your eggplant seedlings off and get them planted in the garden.