Poached Egg Plant Growing Guide

Limnanthes douglasii

Poached Egg Plant

Crop Rotation Group



Any fertile soil that holds moisture well.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Young seedlings can tolerate light frost, but the plants are easily damaged by hard frosts.


Mix a balanced organic fertiliser into the soil before planting.


This low-growing plant spreads into a mat of green foliage covered with flowers. Grow along pathways or edges of beds, or near tall plants like sweet corn or tomatoes.


Single Plants: 10cm (3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 10cm (3") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow poached egg plant in early spring, while the soil is cool. Broadcast seed into cultivated soil so that the seeds are about 2 inches (5 cm) apart and one-half inch (1 cm) deep. Thin to 4 inches (10 cm) apart in all directions.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Pull up old plants to limit reseeding. Where summers are hot, plants may expire after blooming heavily in spring.


The delicate flowers and fragrance of poached egg plant always bring cheer to the garden. Pull up and compost plants when they stop blooming heavily.


Poached egg plant has few problems with pests or diseases, but may fail when subjected to extreme humid heat.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Poached Egg Plant