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Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Fairy Tale'

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

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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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral tmm99 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 MotherNature4 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 jcangemi 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 Farmerdill 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.

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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