Plant Care 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 relatively rare 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 only 99 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.


Solanum melongena

Also known as

Aubergine, Brinjal and Japanese Eggplant

How to care for Eggplant


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

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Eggplant



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 110 XP
globe Monroe, NY

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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