If you’ve never grown an eggplant, what’s stopping you? There’s so many different varieties of eggplants, there’s sure to be one that fits your taste. Growing eggplants in the veggie garden can be so rewarding when the time comes to harvest these tasty, versatile plants. Growing eggplant is a must if you’re a fan of outdoor grilling!
Add about a quarter of an inch deep and moisten our seed starting soil onto our coco pot. Eggplant babies love warmth even during the seed starting phase so place them in a warm spot and wait at least two to three weeks to germinate.
Still need a little help in sowing? Here’s our quick video on how to sow seeds properly using our seed starter kit
Just in case you missed it, here’s our blog and video on how to properly transplant seedlings.
You may shoot the whole coco pot onto your bigger pot OR segregate each plant and transfer them to their own permanent containers. The ideal is 1 plant per pot, 5 Gal pots are the most common. Key thing to remember, the bigger the pot, the bigger the harvest.
Don’t forget to add a mix of loam soil mix and vermicast compost (comes with our Subscription Plan).
Eggplant requires moderate amounts of fertilizer, don’t forget to add our SPECIAL FERTILIZER MIX (comes FREE in our subscription boxes) or you can create your own DIY fertilizers at home to improves the soil. Set 3- to 4-inch tall seedlings 2 to 2½ feet apart in rows that are 3 to 4 feet apart.
Water deeply and consistently, but don’t overwater. Eggplants need to dry slightly between watering's Mulch with straw, leaves or pesticide-free grass clippings to help maintain soil temperature. Eggplants love to grow in evenly moist soil, ensuring you provide adequate moisture for them. Make sure the drainage is good to avoid root rot. Also, take care not to saturate the soil with too much water making it soggy.
The timing of your harvest will depend on the particular variety of eggplant you are growing. Harvest eggplant 65 to 80 days after transplanting, depending on the variety. When starting from seed, expect 100 to 120 days to maturity. Don’t wait too long to harvest! Eggplant tastes best when harvested young. Pick eggplant when the skin takes on a high gloss. To test, press the skin. If the indentation doesn't spring back, that fruit is ready for harvest.
To harvest, clip the eggplants off the plant with pruning shears, keeping the cap and about 1 inch of stem intact. Watch out for the small prickles that line the stems and the cap of some varieties, as they are a skin irritant. Bring your eggplant inside and – without washing it first – wrap it in a paper bag and place it in a dry, temperature-controlled area of your home. Your harvest will stay fresh for up to one week – as long as you keep it away from tomatoes, bananas, melons, and other fruits that give off ethylene gas, also called the “fruit-ripening gas,” which can cause your eggplant to turn brown.