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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Millionaire eggplant is a prolific plant that produces a slender fruit that isn't bitter.

Hitting the jackpot in the garden

I have a millionaire eggplant that I started from seed last March and it is living up the description of the plant.

"Millionaire's extra-early maturity and high productivity will make you feel like you've hit the jackpot," states the Smart Gardner blog. Perhaps these attributes gave millionaire its name.

My millionaire plant started out small when I planted it in a huge pot with compost dirt but by the first of July it had grown large enough to start producing fruit. It also started to lose leaves, which had me concerned that it had picked up some sort of a disease.

Fortunately new leaves quickly replace the dying leaves and the plant grew huge. It really thrived when it go hot this summer and now has 8 eggplants. Some of them are under 8 inches so I am going to let them grow until the first frost. The slender fruit that grows up to 8 inches, is tender, not bitter, and has minimal seeds.

I am definitely going to grow this plant again next year.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)