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EGGPLANT-THAI PURPLE BALL is a lovely little eggplant that is very productive, setting fruits 40-50 days after transplanting, very easy to grow & up to 5cm in diameter. Round fruit is deep shiny purple. Very popular in cuisines of India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Cooked, they are delicious in curries & stews. Distinctly different than Italian eggplant-types & other tender sweet Asian types.

Plant eggplant seed 2.5cm apart in pots or seed trays and cover with fine soil, well pressed down When the plants are 5 to 7.5cm tall, transplant in rows 60 – 90cm apart, spacing plants 60cm apart in the row. Cut the ripe eggplant instead of pulling from plant to avoid plant injury. Keep moist and not wet.  Fertilise every 2-4 weeks.

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How to Grow Thai Purple Ball Eggplant

Thai Purple Ball Eggplant, (also known as Thai Purple Eggplant), is a small, round purple eggplant commonly used in Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines.  If you want to grow Thai Purple Ball Eggplant in your garden, here are some steps to follow:

  1. Thai Purple Ball Eggplant requires full sun to grow properly. Choose a location which receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
  2. Prepare the soil by adding lots of rich organic matter and make sure it drains well. 
  3. Plant your seeds 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8 inches) deep and spaced about 30-45 cm (12-18 inches) apart.
  4. Water regularly and consistently to maintain moisture for the Thai Purple Ball to thrive.  Water deeply once or twice a week, depending on the daily weather and soil conditions.
  5. Fertilise regularly as Thai Purple Ball is a heavy feeder and requires regular fertilisation to produce a healthy crop. Apply a balanced fertiliser every 4-6 weeks throughout the growing season.
  6. Provide support for your Thai Purple Ball Eggplant as it is a bushy plant that may require support to keep the stems from breaking under the weight of the fruit. Install stakes or cages to help support the plant as it grows.
  7. Harvest when the fruits are about 4-5 cm(1.6-2 inches) in diameter and have a deep purple colour. Ideally pick them before the skin starts to turn yellow.

Heritage of Thai Purple Ball Eggplant

Thai Purple Ball Eggplant is a traditional variety of eggplant that has been cultivated in Thailand for generations and is used in Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisine. It is highly prized for its sweet,  mild flavour, tender texture, and striking purple colour making it ideal for stir-fries, curries, and other dishes.

It is known for its small, round fruits it is a popular variety in Thai cuisine and is valued for its ornamental appeal as well.

Growing Thai Purple Ball Eggplant in your garden is a fun and rewarding experience that can yield a delicious and unique vegetable.  With the right location, soil, and care, Thai Purple Ball Eggplant plants can thrive and produce a bountiful harvest. So why not give it a try and add some Southeast Asian flavour to your garden and kitchen?

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

60 - 90

Season of Interest

Spring / Summer / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

20 - 35

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Raise Seedlings


Well-draining, fertile soil


5.5 - 6.5

Soil Temperature (°C)

20 - 30

Seed Preparation

Soak seeds in water for 24 hours before planting

Sowing Depth (mm)

0.5 - 1

Plant Spacing (cm)

45 - 60

Row spacing (cm)

60 - 90


Keep soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged

Germination Time (Days)

7 - 14

Harvest Time (Days)

70 - 80

Good Companion Plants

Basil, Beans, Marigolds, Peppers, Spinach, Tomatoes

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas (e.g. broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), Potatoes


Aphids, Thrips, Whiteflies, Spider Mites, Flea Beetles, Fruit Flies, Tomato Hornworm


Verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt, Bacterial wilt, Anthracnose, Phytophthora blight, Root knot nematodes

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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