Small white-and-purple variegated fruits.
Calliope is a beautiful, oval, Indian eggplant. Suitable for baby (2″ long by 1 1/2″ diameter) or mature (3-4″ long by 2 1/4-2 3/4″ diameter) harvest. High yielding, even in the North. The plants and calyxes are spineless, unlike many varieties of this type. Green calyx.
Bonus of container growing, you can easily protect the plant evenings in fall when temperatures drop and place them back in sun the next day.
64 days to maturity
Likes full sun and heat. Rich soil.
Suggestions: Eggplants need a warm soil and night temperature to prosper. They will stunt under 10C. Location should be sheltered from the wind and soil should be kept reasonably moist. Be sure to harden off the seedlings to reduce transplant stress. Harvest fruit early and often. The more you pick the more they will produce. Do not pull off fruit, rather cut from stems.
Pot size: Minimum 12″ per plant or plant in ground 12″ away from next plant.