Ornamental Eggplant Seeds
USDA Zones: 4 - 10
Height: 24 inches
Bloom Season: Mid spring to late summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Rich, well-drained soil, pH 5.1 - 6.0
Temperature: 75F or warmer
Average Germ Time: 10 - 21 days
Light Required: No
Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch deep in loose soil
Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 12 - 18 inches
Care & Maintenance: Ornamental Eggplant
Ornamental Eggplant (Solanum Melongena Golden Eggs) - Ornamental Eggplant seeds will produce a very unique, tropical plant that will definitely give you a great conversation piece! This annual is often called Golden Egg Tree, and in a warm environment, even indoors, it will produce purple flowers followed by egg-shaped, non-poisonous fruit. Golden Egg Tree uses include pots and containers on the patio or porch, house plants, and even as an ornamental hedge. The Ornamental Eggplant can be pruned and shaped depending on how it is being grown.
Ornamental Eggplant Golden Eggs needs a warm environment with full afternoon sun. While it can survive in cooler climates and partial sun, these plants will not produce fully ripened fruit. Ornamental Eggplant should be watered regularly, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch. It does not need to be fertilized, and is fairly disease resistant. Depending on the size of the plant and the environment where it is being grown, usually 10 - 20 egg-shaped fruits will form. The fruit are white at first and then turn yellow or even a gold color as they mature. The fruit is edible.
Growing Ornamental Eggplant seeds is not difficult. Sow the flower seed indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last expected frost. Use small pots or starter trays, sterile seed starting soil and lightly cover the seed. Covering the pots with clear plastic helps to keep the humidity high. Mist the seeds often until germination occurs. Once Ornamental Eggplant seedlings emerge, remove the plastic. Place the young seedlings in a sunny window or provide fluorescent lights. Harden the Golden Egg Tree plant off for 10 days or more, and do not transplant it outdoors until day time temperatures are in the 70's.