The fairy tale eggplant is a variety of eggplant that is characterized by purple and white striped skin. This eggplant is smaller than other varieties and is very delicious and versatile in the kitchen. Learn all about how to grow fairy tale eggplant in this article.
Fairy tale eggplant is easy to grow and can be planted from both seeds and seedlings. It is recommended to be grown in a location with well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Continue reading to learn how to grow fairy tale eggplant.
Growing Fairy Tale Eggplant
The fruits of the fairy tale eggplant are 4” (10 cm) long and the plant grows no more than 24” (61 cm) tall which makes this plant ideal for growing in containers. The fruits of the fairy tale eggplant are sweet and tender. Now I will explain everything you need to know to grow fairy tale eggplant.
The first thing you need to grow fairy tale eggplants are quality seeds, you can get the seeds from a local nursery, or you can use the same fairy tale eggplant seeds I use in my garden. It is important that the seeds are quality seeds to have a high germination rate.
Fairy tale eggplants need nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. Always keep the soil moist and warm but never waterlogged. Keep the soil moist but never waterlogged. The ideal pH for fairy tale eggplant growth is between 5.5 and 7.2. Learn more about how to measure soil pH.
Once you have the right substrate for your seeds you can start sowing seeds indoors a few weeks before the last spring frost. The ideal depth for planting fairy tale eggplant seeds is about ¼” to ½” (0.6 to 1.3 cm). The substrate should be moist and warm to favor germination. After two to three weeks, you will see the little fairy tale eggplant seedlings.
Once the fairy tale eggplant seedlings are at least 8” (20 cm) tall and there is no risk of frost, you can repot the seedlings into the garden or a larger pot. If the seedlings are already in a large enough pot, repotting is not necessary. Do not plant eggplants in the soil where potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, or other eggplant varieties were grown the previous year.
The flowers of the fairy tale eggplant must be pollinated to bear fruit. If there are no pollinating insects in your garden you will need to use a paintbrush to pollinate the flowers.
The fruits of the fairy tale eggplant will be ready to be harvested after approximately 50 to 60 days. Harvest time will vary somewhat depending on weather conditions.
- 1 Package = 10 Seeds
- New miniature eggplants are white with violet/purple stripes.
- The fruit are non-bitter, with a tender skin and few seeds.
How Big Do Fairy Tale Eggplant Get
The fruits of the fairy tale eggplant plant are usually 3” to 4” (8 to 10 cm) long. The fairy tale eggplant plant grows no more than 24” (61 cm) tall, which makes this plant excellent for pots or confined spaces.
Fairy Tale Eggplant Harvest
The fruits of the fairy tale eggplant are ready to be harvested after 50 to 60 days. The number of days of fruit ripening may vary depending on the climatic conditions in which the plant develops. Remember that if the flowers were not pollinated, the eggplant plant will not bear fruit.
The fruits are tastiest when they are between 3” and 4” (8 to 10 cm) in length. You will also notice that the skin of the eggplant is shiny when it is ready to be harvested. If the fruits are left on the plant longer, they will have a bitter taste.
To harvest fairy tale eggplants, use a sharp, disinfected knife to pick the fruits from the plant when ripe. I recommend you to read our other article about how and when to harvest fairy tale eggplant.
Growing fairy tale eggplant is very easy, and you don’t need to have much space in your garden for this little plant. With the fruits of this plant, you can prepare delicious dishes.
I hope this article about how to grow fairy tale eggplant will be useful and have an excellent harvest. If you are interested in knowing more about eggplants, I recommend our article on how to grow eggplants.