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Growing Hydroponic Fairy Tale Eggplants are a great use of pod space, and are super easy if you know how. In this post, I will walk you through the steps to begin your Hydroponic Fairy Take Eggplant!
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Fairy Tale Eggplant Facts
- Optical PH: 5.5 to 6.5
- 1750 – 2450 PPM
- Temp: 70 – 80 degrees
- Enjoys: Warm Temperature, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous
Fairy Tale Eggplants are a blast to grow. This plant is a miniature Eggplant. The fruit is purple with white stripes. While the surface is a tough skin, the inside has a couple little seeds. The fruit has a non bitter and sweet taste.
The fruit will grow into a small long oval shape. The size it will grow to is about 2 1/2 feet tall, and will weigh about 1 -2 ounce. You can expect fruit to appear in about 49 – 51 days.
Hydroponic Fairy Tale Eggplant
This plant is a super star in the Hydroponic system. They actually grow a lot faster, and better in the hydroponic system. The germination product is a little longer than you would expect, but it is so worth it in the end.
When planting your eggplants into your AeroGarden System, plant them as far away as possible. Many growers only recommend one plant in each system, but you can definitely do two plants. Just plant them on opposite sides of each other. Eggplants tend to grow thorns, so be careful and wear gloves!
Ready to harvest and eat in about 50 days after germination, but many growers have issues with pollinating these! Use a Q-Tip and lightly tap on the flowers. Once you see pollen fall, or have some on the end of the Q-Tip then you are doing it right. Be very gentle when doing this process, you can risk the flower falling from the plant, even days after.
Growing Hydroponic Eggplant Indoors
NewMoore gives a nice time lapse of his Eggplant, starting at day 23 after germination. This is a great video to watch so you know what to expect before planting these.
The nutrients he used is the MasterBlend 4-18-38 Complete Combo Kit with Calcium and Epsom Salt. The glow light that he used is the HLG 65 V2 4000K Horticulture Lighting Group Quantum Board LED Grow Light, with the Rockwool for starting. He did cover the Rockwool to protect from algae buildup.
Aeroponic Fairy Tale Eggplant
The same rules apply to aeroponic systems. Just keep in the mind that these plants are heavy water drinkers.
Indoor Fairy Tale Eggplant
Indoor Eggplants may seem harder to do, but it’s easier than you think. You can plant these in a pot of soil, or in a 5 gallon bucket with water and the correct nutrients. Just change your water every few days, and that the bucket will not allow sunlight into the container. This will avoid the algae that want to grow. These will grow 2-3 feet, so you will need to stack these plants up so it won’t drop.
Should you prune a Eggplant? Yes, this is great for a long term solution. Note that Eggplants have tiny spikes that can prick your skin, so wear nice heavy gloves while doing so. Prune your plant once it has gotten some fruit. If you notice that it’s starting to look off, then prune. When pruning this massive plant, you will want to keep the shape of the three strong stems. Leave the first main stem, as well as the two other ones that seem to diverge from the base. Remove all the rest of the stems, but keep the most healthiest, stronger ones. This can be drastic at first, but your plant will thank you later with a new harvest. You will need to remove the suckers of the plant, these are the tiny stems that sprout from the base, much like tomato suckers. This will allow the plant to focus its energy on the fruit, growing larger and more impressive eggplants.
Growing inside definitely helps the issue of pests. If your plant is near a door, or an open window then you may have a few pest floating around. Eggplants themselves do not attract many pests, thankfully. When growing outside, you can run into the problem of pests such as: Flea Beetles, Hornworms, Aphids, Cutworms, Mites, Powdery Mildew, Blossom-End Rot, and Cercospora. This is why we LOVE growing plants indoors!
No growers want to deal with any types of diseases on their precious plants. But unfortunately, this tends to happen. One disease to be on the lookout for, is the Verticillium Wilt. This is a common fungal disease that enters the plant through openings, working its way up to the stem. Then blocking the supply of water and nutrients to the leaves.
Tips & Tricks
- When growing the Fairy Tale Eggplants, or Eggplants in general, be very gentle with them. During the growing process, this plant is very fragile.
- Replace the water weekly to prevent nutrient burn
- Try to not grow anything else in your system
- When you are pollinating these, be super gentle. People say to use a Q-Tip and firmly tap the flowers at the base. This will visibly release a bit on pollen.
- If the leaves get too big, trim off the larger leaves to accommodate space for the smaller leaves. You need to make sure that all flowers and vegetables are getting the right amount of light from the grow light.
- The biggest advice for growing these, is to avoid over planting. These produce very well and for a long time.
- Pick you Eggplants before the color begins to dull, or even greys. The fruit can become too tough, and you may not be able to eat it.
- The more you harvest your Eggplants, the more they grow.
- If you notice that your plant isn’t getting the right amount of water and nutrients, you may need to do a root clean up. This is when you cut an inch or two off of the roots. The roots can begin to clog, and this gives it more access to soak more water up. This does not harm the plant, but brings it back to life. It’s like giving your plant a haircut, but with its roots.
A current grower of this plant says that if you are having issues with the flowers falling off, try the MaxiBloom Nutrients. This has the extra nutrients that are typically missing from your general nutrients but are needed for the fruiting stage.
Many planters recommend to only grow one of these plants in the AeroGarden. One plant will produce more fruit than 2 or more.
This plant will take a while before it gets as tall as you would expect, says a Fairy Tale Eggplant grower.
Once the plant starts to produce flowers, the first set of flowers, pinch then off. This will help the plant focus its energy into creating leaves and roots rather than one large fruit.
I have done all the research for you! These are best reviewed seeds for Fairytale Eggplants:
- David’s Garden Seeds Eggplant Fairy Tale – these have a 80% germination rate and all great reviews from fellow growers
- Fairy Tale Eggplant Seed Pod Kit for AeroGarden – with a 4.4/5 star review, growers love these! “Just Perfect!”
- Fairy Tale F1 Eggplant Seeds – All the growers that received these, are very happy!
- Fairy Tale Hybrid Eggplant Garden Seeds – These do not have any reviews. If you are willing to take a chance, invest in the 10 Seed pack for $3.79