Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Fairy Tale'

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

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Clovis, California

Sunnyvale, California

Bartow, Florida

Casselberry, Florida

Lewiston, Idaho

Clarksville, Indiana

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Valencia, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Aug 17, 2005, tmm99 from Sunnyvale, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I'm not sure if I like them. This is the 1st eggplant plants I've ever grown. I decided to grow them because the flowers looked really pretty. Totally care-free and produce fruit like crazy and have a good eggplant flavor; no problem there but to me, the skin is on the tough side, compared to Japanese eggplants I'm used to eating.

Positive

On Nov 9, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This new cultivar grows less than 2 feet tall. It is quite ornamental making it suitable for container growing. It produces interesting purple fruits with white stripes.

Positive

On Nov 4, 2004, jcangemi from Clovis, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a compact plant (approx. 2.5 ft.) producing clusters of sweet fruit, without the bitterness of some eggplant varieties and with the added bonus of a tender skin. Planted 2 of these seeded in greenhouse on 7/16 and they are still producing in November, though colder temps have slowed them down. Would make a good container veggie when space is at a premium. These are very good halved and grilled.

Sow indoor or in greenhouse 8 weeks before nighttime temps remain above 55 F. Germinates in 7-12 days when kept at 70 F. Transplant when soil temp is 55 F. in full sun.

Neutral

On Aug 24, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 2004 home garden hybrid cultivar from Seminis. Miniature bush plant 18 inches tall with purple and white striped elongated fruit (4 x 2 inches). 2004 All America Selections Winner.