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How to Grow Eggplant

Eggplant is popular in gardens and kitchens around the world. Easy to grow Eggplants are prolific producers. Just a few plants in the garden, is all you need to feed the entire family.

Dark purple, almost black in color, Eggplants varieties include round, globe shaped, as well as elongated fruit. Some uncommon varieties bear white, scarlet, or yellow fruits.

How to Grow Eggplant:


Grow Eggplant in full sun. They prefer a rich, well draining garden soil. Eggplant likes hot weather. Prior to planting, add plenty of compost and manure. Keep the soil moist to promote maximum growth.

Sow Eggplant seeds directly into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Plants can also be started indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost date, and transplanted as the weather warms in the spring.

Sow Eggplant seeds about 1/4 inch deep. Space or thin plants to 1 1/2 feet apart. Space rows 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart.

Apply a general purpose fertilizer in the spring, and additional applications every three to four weeks.

Mulch around the plants to add nutrients, keep weeds down, and for moisture retention.

Eggplant is a hot weather crop. It is susceptible to cold temperatures and frost. Delay planting in the spring until nighttime temperatures are in the upper forties.  Use hotcaps early in the season on cool nights.

Harvesting:

Days to Maturity: Approximately 55 to 70 days for most varieties.

Harvest eggplants as soon as the first fruit reaches a desirable size. Do not let them get too big. Continuous harvesting, encourages new fruit to set all the way to frost.

Insects, Pests, and Disease:


Aphids, Red Spider mites and whiteflies are common pests. Garden dusts like Sevin are usually effective.

Your Eggplant should have few disease problems.


More Information:

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