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How to Grow Fairy Tale Eggplant

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.

Fairy Tale F1 Eggplant Seeds – Non-GMO – 10 Seeds
  • 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.

how to grow fairy tale eggplant
How to Grow Fairy Tale Eggplant? The fairy tale eggplant does not grow very much and that is why it is possible to grow it in a pot.

What to Plant with Fairy Tale Eggplant: Best and Worst Companion Plants

Companion PlantsBenefits for Eggplant
BasilEnhances the flavor of eggplant dishes; repels pests like aphids and spider mites; boosts growth and flavor of eggplants.
MarigoldsRepels nematodes that can damage eggplant roots; acts as natural pest deterrent; protects eggplants from soil-borne pests.
NasturtiumsAttracts beneficial insects like ladybugs and hoverflies; repels pests such as aphids and whiteflies; provides shade and ground cover to conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds.
BeansEnriches soil with nitrogen, promoting healthier growth; provides support for sprawling eggplant stems.
PeppersDeters common eggplant pests like flea beetles and aphids add flavor and protection to eggplants.
ThymeRepels pests like cabbage worms and flea beetles; adds fragrance to the garden; enhances growth and flavor of eggplants.
WormwoodRepels pests like aphids and cabbage moths; creates a natural barrier against unwanted insects.
MintRepels pests like aphids and flea beetles; suppresses weeds; enhances the growth of eggplants.
OreganoRepels pests like aphids and spider mites; attracts beneficial insects like hoverflies and parasitic wasps; promotes the health and vigor of eggplants.
DillEnhances the flavor of eggplant dishes; attracts predatory insects that prey on pests; boosts growth and repels harmful insects.

For a detailed insight into which plants to pair with your tomatoes, I highly recommend exploring our article Best Companion Plants for Eggplant (and Plants to Avoid).

Fairy Tale Eggplant Pests and Diseases

Like other eggplant varieties, the Fairy Tale eggplant can be susceptible to several common pests and diseases. It’s important to monitor your plants regularly and take preventative measures to protect your crop.

Pests:

  • Flea Beetles: These tiny, jumping insects can quickly riddle the leaves of eggplants with small holes, causing significant damage. Use row covers or apply insecticidal sprays to control flea beetle infestations.
  • Aphids: These sap-sucking pests can transmit viruses and cause stunted growth or deformed fruit. Introduce beneficial insects like ladybugs or use insecticidal soap to manage aphid populations.
  • Spider Mites: These tiny arachnids can cause yellowing and bronzing of leaves, as well as webbing on the undersides of leaves. Use a strong jet of water to dislodge them, or apply a miticide if the infestation is severe.

Diseases:

  • Verticillium Wilt: This soil-borne fungal disease can cause wilting, yellowing, and eventual death of the plant. Rotate crops, avoid overwatering, and use resistant varieties to manage this disease.
  • Early Blight: This fungal disease causes circular, dark brown spots on leaves and can spread to the fruit. Practice crop rotation, remove infected plant debris, and use fungicides if necessary.
  • Phytophthora Blight: This water-mold pathogen thrives in wet conditions and can rapidly kill eggplants. Improve soil drainage, avoid overwatering, and use resistant varieties to prevent this disease.
  • Powdery Mildew: This fungal disease appears as a white, powdery growth on leaves and stems, eventually causing yellowing and premature defoliation. Provide good air circulation, avoid overcrowding, and use fungicides if needed.

Regular monitoring, proper cultural practices, and timely interventions can help manage pests and diseases in your Fairy Tale eggplant crop, ensuring a bountiful and healthy harvest.

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.

fairy tale eggplant harvest

Final Conclusions

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 eggplant.

About Henry Morgan

Henry Morgan is an agronomist horticulture founder of The Garden Style Company and The Garden Style Website. He previously worked for Mondelēz International as an Agronomist Engineer specializing in agricultural products management in highly populated areas. In 2000, Henry started working with farmer-producers in agricultural businesses selling wholesale fresh produce and retail plants in Van Buren, Arkansas. Nowadays, Henry lives in California, where he offers expert consulting services for organic vegetable gardening. As a science writer working with his wife, Julia, Henry shares his passion for gardening and farming, trying to reach and teach as many folks as possible.

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