Growing Eggplant

Growing Eggplant

Patio Baby Hybrid Eggplant

Patio Baby Hybrid item #02289

Description

Eggplant is a heat-loving vegetable available with a number of different fruit shapes, sizes, and colors.

How to Plant

Sow seed indoors 8 to 9 weeks before planting outdoors in sterile starting mix kept at 70-75ºF. Expect germination in 10-21 days. Cover seed with ¼ inch of soil. Transplant to a larger pot when there are 2 sets of true leaves. Harden off prior to planting outdoors. Because Eggplant is very sensitive to cold conditions, it is best transplanted 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost, when soils have warmed. Transplant Eggplant 12 to 18 inches apart with 24 inches between rows. Each packet contains 25 seeds unless otherwise stated.

Maintenance

For full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. Eggplant thrives in hot, sunny conditions. Prefers a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.8. Ensure plants have consistent moisture to allow fruit to reach full size. Overly high nitrogen fertilization can result in poor fruiting and excessive vegetative growth.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Eggplant is a moderate feeder that benefits from regular fertilization. Use full rates of ALGOplus Tomato Fertilizer 4-6-8Healthy Grow Organic Vegetable & Herb Food 3-3-6, or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Usually not troubled with significant problems if sited well and not planted too early. Aphids, flea beetles, Colorado potato beetle, mites, and verticillium wilt are sometimes problems. Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew can be used to control insect pests. Actinovate can be used to protect plants from disease infection.

Alternative Products

Related warm season vegetables are tomato, pepper, and potato.

Complimentary Products

Use Pepper And Eggplant Supports to keep plants upright and prevent lodging from heavy fruit production. Floating Row Covers can be used in spring to create a warm microclimate and exclude pests.

Product Recommendations

Weed Control Porous Film Mulch 3' x 50' can be used to warm the soil before planting and control weeds.

Eggplant Facts

Eggplant is in the same plant family (Solanaceae) as tomato, potato, and pepper. Although large, purple fruited forms are the most common eggplant varieties today, the oldest varieties had small, oval fruit with white skins that resembled chicken eggs. This gave rise to the common name.

 

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