Eggplant, Aubergine
Solanum melongena var. esculentum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: melongena var. esculentum
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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lakeland, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Sep 4, 2011, lexiekinz from Lakeland, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is information from where I bought seeds; "Thought to be a native of the Malay Peninsula because of early references by the Chinese to the 'Malay melon', an aubergine with typical purple skin. Other references suggest that it also came from Africa. Golden Eggs is a cultivar of the original plant and has spread all over the world. This cultivar was known to have been grown by Thomas Jefferson in the late 1700's both as a source of food and an ornamental. The fruit goes under many names including guinea squash (English), aubergine (French), berenjela (Portuguese), berenjena (Spanish) and terong (Indonesian). A tropical, annual plant, it will thrive both indoors and outdorrs, depending on the climate. A shrub growing to 1 metre (39in), it will produce 10 to 30 fruits in a season. Initial... read more

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On Oct 19, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Most varieties of S. melongena produce dark-skinned fruit, but certain cultivars produce fruit that is yellow to creamy white in color.

Positive

On Oct 14, 2001, moscheuto from Westland, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is an easy to grow indoor pot plant or outside annual, can be pinched and pruned. A long lasting garden performer. Plant usually begins to show purple flowers in 4 to 8 weeks after transplanting. It takes 2 to 6 weeks for fruit to set. It produces an egg-shaped, non-edible, non-poisonous fruit which is said to taste bitter. The fruit changes from white to yellow and remains on the plant for weeks.