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Eggplant (solanum melongena), or aubergine, is a perennial, warm-season vegetable from the nightshade family.
Another name for the Eggplant, commonly used on the Continent is the French word ‘Aubergine’. No matter if you call this curious plant an Egg Plant or Aubergine, the general treatment for the Eggplant is the same as what is recommended for growing Capcisum.
Best tips for growing Eggplant
The best tips for growing Eggplant is to get these five key practices right:
- The Right Soil
- The Right Planting Time
- The Right Plant Position
- The Right Eggplant Variety
- and The Right Harvesting Method…
Best soil for growing Eggplant
Eggplant prefers a sunny location with well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The best growing tip for Eggplant is to understand because it requires a light, rich, well-drained, sandy, loamy soil and where the ground does not comply with these requirements, Bone Dust and Superphosphate, or better still, rich cow or stable manure, must be added and thoroughly incorporated into the ground to ensure success.
Best time to plant Eggplant
Don’t rush planting seeds. Eggplant grows quick so wait for the warm weather to arrive in your area because except in very warm districts it is useless trying to grow Egg Plants, unless the seedlings are raised under cover in readiness for planting out as soon as the weather permits. If you live in a temperate climate they are better grown in a greenhouse or growing frame than outside.
Early crops can be raised in a hot bed or seed box kept in a warm position in the house. Sowings under these conditions may be made during Spring, and the plants transplanted out when it’s warm enough. The raising of seedlings in seed boxes is also a very good idea for the Home Gardener. Egg Plants must be put out as early as weather conditions will permit, and require plenty of water and fertiliser. When planting out allow 2 feet between the rows and put the plants 18 inches apart in the rows. When the plants are about 6 inches high, take out the leaders so as to reduce lateral growths. As soon as the fruit is formed, thin out liberally, especially if good size specimens are required. From 8 to 10 fruit is sufficient to leave on one plant.
Harvesting Eggplant Naturally
Top Eggplant harvesting tip is make sure to pick when the skin is smooth and shiney – if there are wrinkles the fruit is too old and the fleas will be tough and the seeds woody.
Eggplant stalks are quite tough, be sure to cut them with a pair of secateurs because if the fruit can be damaged or even tear if it’s pulled off by hand.
Eggplants come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. The best sorts of Eggplant varieties to grow are Black Beauty, Long White and New York Purple Spineless.