Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Fiz Today at 8:33 pm

» What I've learned this year
by SwampTroll Today at 8:27 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JULY 2017?
by Fiz Today at 8:15 pm

» New England July 2017
by quiltbea Today at 7:23 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Today at 7:11 pm

» Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Today at 6:55 pm

» N & C Midwest; July 2017 !
by CapeCoddess Today at 4:50 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Today at 4:41 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by SwampTroll Today at 4:35 pm

» California's Drought
by AtlantaMarie Today at 4:28 pm

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by CapeCoddess Today at 4:17 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by CapeCoddess Today at 4:15 pm

» What do you know about making sauerkraut?
by sanderson Today at 3:10 pm

» Just Completed my Garden.....What Should I Plant NOW!
by stealthmayhem Today at 10:48 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 9:23 am

» Chive Omelet
by SQWIB Today at 8:23 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson Today at 2:33 am

» Spots on rosemary/marigolds
by AlwaysHotinFL Yesterday at 5:27 pm

» applying square foot gardening to container gardening! help!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:50 pm

» Turnips
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 2:59 pm

» Squash vine Borers!!
by Scorpio Rising 7/18/2017, 9:56 pm

» Solar panels
by countrynaturals 7/18/2017, 4:34 pm

» Spiders! (Warning, arachnophobes: Photos)
by countrynaturals 7/18/2017, 4:24 pm

» Can I use a fabric pot for SFG?
by sanderson 7/18/2017, 3:47 pm

» Garden Fritatta
by sanderson 7/18/2017, 3:23 pm

» Garden Footwear
by hammock gal 7/18/2017, 9:37 am

» Senseless Banter...
by trolleydriver 7/18/2017, 7:46 am

» PVC Watering Grid.
by AtlantaMarie 7/18/2017, 6:41 am

» Tornado Cake
by july541 7/18/2017, 3:02 am

» Fairy tale eggplant
by Robbomb116 7/17/2017, 8:45 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Perennial Eggplant Trees?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  dstack on 8/15/2014, 8:04 am

In researching nematode resistant rootstock for my nightshades I came across this. You can use a close relative to eggplant called turkey berry (solanum torvum) as rootstock for eggplants. Their roots are nematode resistant and with vigorous grown. This permaculture farmer in Hawaii says that his is at least three years old and about 6' tall!  I've found many sources to back the use of this plant for eggplant rootstock. I can't wait to try this!  Of course that'll have to be out of the box. At least I'll have more room in my nightshade box for tomatoes and peppers. Check out what the Hawaiian farmer says about this... 


http://www.kumuainafarm.com/hello-perennial-eggplant-tree/
avatar
dstack

Male Posts : 534
Join date : 2013-08-20
Age : 48
Location : South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale), Zone 10A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  yolos on 8/15/2014, 8:32 am

Hmm, very interesting.  I assume it could only be grown where it does not freeze.?
avatar
yolos

Female Posts : 3236
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  sanderson on 8/15/2014, 10:07 am

dstack, Sounds worth a try down there. I like little asian eggplants better than Black Beauty.
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14189
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  dstack on 8/15/2014, 10:25 am

I want to try it with Rosa Biancas. They're not so big that weight would be an issue.

Considering how much information there is on the web about using turkey berry as root stock, I'm amazed at how difficult it is to find seeds. It grows like weeds in Hawaii, but I only found a vendor through eBay in Thailand!
avatar
dstack

Male Posts : 534
Join date : 2013-08-20
Age : 48
Location : South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale), Zone 10A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  sanderson on 8/15/2014, 11:05 am

Maybe there is a reason why it is hard to find for the US. Any quarantine on importing it?
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14189
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  dstack on 8/15/2014, 12:10 pm

@sanderson wrote:Maybe there is a reason why it is hard to find for the US.  Any quarantine on importing it?
I've read that it grows in Puerto Rico and other parts of North America. The Hawaiian farmer told me about the restrictions in their exports from Hawaii, and that why they don't know anyone who sells it out of the state. So I'm not aware of any other restrictions.
avatar
dstack

Male Posts : 534
Join date : 2013-08-20
Age : 48
Location : South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale), Zone 10A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  dstack on 8/15/2014, 12:19 pm

As a side note, I admire the permaculture lifestyle of this Hawaiian farm.
avatar
dstack

Male Posts : 534
Join date : 2013-08-20
Age : 48
Location : South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale), Zone 10A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/15/2014, 1:54 pm

How cool. I had never known eggplant was a perennial in some places. I was surprised when I found that out about basil, too, and read of people overwintering peppers and tomatoes. It's funny that they get described as annuals merely because of where the people live who do the classifying.
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 56
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 8/15/2014, 2:42 pm

I have a Japanese eggplant that overwintered in my green house and is still producing as well as it's black beauty cousin that almost died but is coming back strong and putting out flowers right now.  

So even the basic plants can grow on in the right environment!
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1916
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  dstack on 8/15/2014, 3:30 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:How cool.  I had never known eggplant was a perennial in some places.  I was surprised when I found that out about basil, too, and read of people overwintering peppers and tomatoes.  It's funny that they get described as annuals merely because of where the people live who do the classifying.
I agree that this is VERY cool! However, personally I've not had that luck with basil. Mine always fizzles out after a season or two.
avatar
dstack

Male Posts : 534
Join date : 2013-08-20
Age : 48
Location : South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale), Zone 10A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/15/2014, 3:44 pm

Nice that you could get it to last more than a single season. Basil is one of my favorite plants. Around here, though, it's quickly winter-killed, and we don't have a big sunny window inside that it's appropriate to put a planter in.

My neighbor told me he built his house, though, with the idea of overwintering summer vegetables in mind. He has a big south-facing room full of windows, and grows tomatoes there all year long. When it got to 8 degrees here last winter ... he was still picking tomatoes!
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 56
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Seeds ordered

Post  dstack on 8/15/2014, 9:39 pm

I just ordered my turkey berry seeds. I also found these seeds for sale in Australia but the total price with shipping was only $4.90 from Thailand vs. $8+ from Australia.

Did I mention that I'm excited about this? LOL

Also, the graft used to do this is the veneer graft, which is what I successfully used on my mango tree. I'm fully embracing the fact that I'm in a tropical climate with pineapples (not fruiting yet), a mango tree (not fruiting yet), papayas, passion fruit (not fruiting yet) and soon... turkey berry/eggplant trees!  Very Happy 
avatar
dstack

Male Posts : 534
Join date : 2013-08-20
Age : 48
Location : South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale), Zone 10A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Perennial Eggplant Trees?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum