How much cold can a wonder eggplant tolerate?

mcgyvr2009i(Schenectady, NY 5b)October 7, 2012

I need to know how cold hardy a wonder eggplant is. I can't keep it indoors for some reason, it's defoliating. I need to keep it outside as much as possible. Right now, I bring it in every time temperatures fall below 50F. I feel like it can withstand cooler temperatures. Can you tell what temperature my wonder eggplant can withstand? Thanks in advanced!

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eahamel(9a)

I don't know that eggplant, but I have eggplants in the garden and they can take a light freeze. I don't think 50 is low enough to cause any damage to yours, even in a pot. Actually, 2 of mine are in large containers and they made it through last winter just fine, with a couple of light freezes.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 3:42PM
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eahamel(9a)

You know eggplants aren't annuals? They are perennials and are vegetables. You might get better response if you ask this on the vegetable forum. I've had them live 4 years, until a really hard freeze killed them.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 3:44PM
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mcgyvr2009i(Schenectady, NY 5b)

Wonder Eggplant is also known as ornamental eggplant or easter eggplant. So, it's not a real eggplant. The fruit isn't edible.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 6:27PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You can count on it being taken out in the first frost or freeze. I would empty the container, and store it away for next year's plant. I take it that you enjoyed your Easter egg plant? I've never grown one but they look interesting.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:27PM
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