Patio Baby Eggplant

Name                     Patio Baby Eggplant

Botanical Name   Solanum melongena

Family                    Solanaceae

 

Native to                Southeast Asia

    

Water                     Regular water; don't allow soil to dry out

Sun                        Full sun

Soil                         Well-drained

 

Height                   18-24"

Width                    18-24"

Space                    24" (does well in a container!) 

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Price

1 Gallon Root Pouch: 

5.00

Description

  • Patio Baby Eggplant's is a compact, thornless cultivar of eggplant that reaches around 2 feet in height and width. 

  • The dark, purple fruit grows to 2-3 inches in length. 

  • Bright purple flowers add beauty to this edible ornamental.

  • This variety grows very well in containers and is perfect for a sunny patio. 

  • It is a AAS Regional Winner!  

Will Tolerate &

Keeping in Going

  • Eggplants are cold sensitive and need warm temperatures to thrive.

  • Keep soil moist.

  • Allow space between plants for proper air flow.

  • May need to be staked when fruit appears - to keep plant upright

  • Don't over-fertilize.  Too much nitrogen often results in large, bushy plants that produce only one small set of fruit.

  • Clip fruit stem with shears. Pick fruits of desired size regularly to encourage further production.

  • For mature fruits, harvest after some color appears but always while fruits still have their glossy shine.

Won't Tolerate

  • Cold temperatures will damage the plants roots
  • Will not tolerate drought

History

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Points of Interest

  • Because the leaves were once thought to have a sedative and healing effect when applied to skin ailments, the genus was named solamen, which is the Latin word for solace or comfort.

  • The word melongena refers to the melon-shaped fruit

  • This cultivar is an AAS Regional Winner.  It is perfect for patios, balconies or in a flower garden.  Make sure it has a sunny location!

  • This particular plant produces fruit that is 2-3" and has a thin skin, it can be prepared in many ways including grilling, roasting, or adding to a stir-fry.