Classic Italian Eggplant Plant

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 24 - 30 Inches
  • Mature Spread 24 - 30 Inches
  • Growing Zones 8 - 10

Here it is, the Classic Eggplant, by which all others are compared. Classic Italian Eggplant has the bulbous shape and shiny, deeply colored skin everyone knows. It also has a deep earthy flavor that lends itself to traditional dishes such as Eggplant Parmesan and Ratatouille. Classic Italian is a solid-performing F1 hybrid that has been around for a long time and may never go out of fashion. This plant produces fruit until the first frost and can even be grown in containers if you have a small garden.

Classic Italian Eggplant Care  

Plant Eggplants out after all danger of frost has passed for your area, and the nighttime temperatures are routinely over 50 degrees F. Well-draining and rich soil is a must, so amend any raised beds or garden area with 1-2 inches of organic compost before planting. Space plants 12 inches apart and provide stakes early. These plants get top heavy as they produce fruit and will need added support. Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. Eggplants can stand slightly drier soil conditions than other vegetables in the garden. There is no need to pinch the top growth for these plants to grow bushy. Remove ripened fruit as soon as possible to encourage more blooming.

Growing Classic Italian Eggplant

Classic Italian Eggplant starts to produce fruit 76 days after transplanting. The 8-9-inch fruits will be very firm and evenly purple when ready to harvest. Leaving the fruit to grow larger will cause seediness and a bitter flavor. Eggplants can be successfully grown in a greenhouse if temperatures can be regulated through the summer. Temperatures over 90 degrees F keep Eggplants from flowering or ripening.  

Container-growing Eggplant is easy to do and can decorate a deck or patio. Use a soil-based potting mix and a container that has good drainage holes. Plant Eggplant in a pot with at least a 10-inch diameter. Fertilizing will need to be done throughout the season. Use a diluted liquid seaweed or fish emulsion formula every other week to encourage large fruits and many blooms. Stop fertilizing after the fruit begins to form.

Watering Classic Eggplant

Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil dry out. In the garden bed, this might be once or twice a week. Eggplants growing in pots will need watering more often, even once a day during the hottest part of the summer. Mulching plants with compost or straw will help conserve moisture in the soil.

Feeding Classic Italian Eggplant

Feed Eggplants with a diluted liquid seaweed or fish emulsion every two weeks. Stop fertilizing when the fruit begins to set.

Classic Italian Eggplant Plant Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 - 10
Plant Type: Edible Plants
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 24 - 30 Inches
Mature Spread: 24 - 30 Inches
Spacing: 24 - 30 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: Bees
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Low Maintenance
Brand: Goodness Grows
Common Name: Classic Italian Eggplant Plant
Other Name(s): Classic Italian Eggplant
Scientific Name: Eggplant 'Classic'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.