These stunning vegetables are as easy to grow as peppers, but thrive in hotter weather. Days to maturity are figured from the time you set plants in the garden. Add 6 to 8 weeks to raise transplants from seed. Space plants 2-3' apart. 30 seeds per packet. Purple Rain. The most beautiful eggplant we've ever seen. The oval fruits are wine-purple streaked with creamy white. The white flesh inside is almost seedless and mild, never bitter. Use the sweet slices on the grill or in any of your favorite eggplant recipes. Very high yielding.