Plant Care Eggplant

Eggplant

4.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Eggplant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Eggplant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Eggplant

Eggplant is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as having large, lush leaves and being a survivor with a whopping 272 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Eggplant likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Eggplant belongs to the Solanum genus, and is native to India.

Taxonomy

Solanum melongena
Solanum
Solanaceae
Solanales

Also known as

Aubergine, Brinjal and Japanese Eggplant

How to care for Eggplant

💦 Water

How often to water your Eggplant

Water needs for Eggplant
0.5 cups
every 9

Eggplant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Eggplant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Eggplant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Eggplant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Eggplant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Eggplant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Eggplant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Eggplant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Eggplant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Eggplant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Eggplant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Eggplant →

Common Eggplant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Eggplant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Eggplant Water Frequency →

Eggplant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Eggplant requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Eggplant Light Requirements →

Eggplant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Eggplant doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Eggplant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Eggplant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Eggplant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Eggplant →


💩 Fertilizer

Eggplant is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌎 Native Region

Eggplant is native to Worldwide.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Eggplant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Eggplant Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Eggplant

Eggplant

Eggplant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Eggplant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Eggplant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Eggplant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Eggplant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Eggplant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Caitlyn avatar
@Caitlyn
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 110 XP
globe Monroe, NY
07/14/2021

I have my eggplant growing in an aero garden in my room and in less than 2 months it went from seeds to huge and has 3 or 4 buds already! When I prune it, I give all the leaves to my fish who love the snack (making sure not to leave the little thorns on).

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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