Eggplant – Hansel


Format: 3" pot

Eggplant – Hansel is a compact and productive variety that produces small, glossy, and elongated fruits with a mild and sweet flavor. It is an ideal choice for raised bed gardens and containers, as it doesn’t take up much space and produces fruits continuously throughout the growing season. Hansel eggplants are low in calories, high in fiber, and a good source of antioxidants, making them a healthy addition to any diet. They are also incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide range of dishes, such as grilling, sautéing, roasting, frying, or adding to salads and stews.

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This Seedling is Available Starting: 20/05/2023

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Botanical name:
Solanum melongena


18-24 inches apart, with rows 24-36 inches apart

1/4 to 1/2 inch deep

Sun & Soil Requirements:

  • Full sun
  • Fertile, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8
  • At least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day


  • Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date
  • Transplant seedlings outdoors when they are 4-6 inches tall and the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (15.6°C)

Plant outdoors in the garden after the last expected frost date when the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (15.6°C)

Germination Time:
7-14 days, depending on soil temperature

Companion Planting:

  • Plant with beans, marigold, and peppers
  • Avoid planting with fennel or potatoes

Watering requirements:

  • Consistent moisture
  • Deep watering but infrequently
  • Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot

Fertilizer requirements:

  • Balanced fertilizer at planting time and once a month thereafter
  • Avoid over-fertilizing with nitrogen


  • Susceptible to flea beetles and spider mites
  • Use row covers to protect against flea beetles
  • Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to control spider mites


  • Plant after last expected frost date
  • 60-70 days to maturity


  • Staking or supporting is recommended
  • Pinch off the first flowers that appear to promote vegetative growth and a larger harvest
  • Pinch off the growing tip of the plant once it reaches 12-18 inches in height to encourage branching and a bushier plant

Harvest Tips:

  • Harvest when fruits have reached full size and have a glossy sheen
  • Cut the stem with a sharp knife or pruners leaving a small portion of stem attached to the fruit

Season Tolerance:

  • Heat-loving plants
  • Do not tolerate frost
  • Protect if temperatures drop below 55°F (12.8°C)