How To Grow Eggplant
Location – Well drained, sunny, warm location.
Soil – Good, rich, slightly on the acidic side.
Soil Preparation – This vegetable needs a lot of nutrients to grow well. Dig in lots of compost or manure before planting.
Seed Spacing – 12 inches apart
Germinate in soil temperature of 24 – 32 C
Days to Maturity – 70-80 days
Planting times – Sow indoor April 1-15; transplant mid to late June.
Planting Instruction – Add handful of compost to hole when transplanting. Needs lots of warmth; use clear plastic cloche or greenhouse. Cool temperatures will encourage leafy growth but no fruit.
Positive affect: pea, thyme, tarragon
Negative affect: none
Watering – Require lots of water.
Weeding – Keep weeded when plants are small.
Disease & Insects – flea beetles, lacebug, aphids, Colorado potato beetle, red spider. Use rotation. I grow mine in a greenhouse and they have been bug free.
Harvest – Fruit should be gathered when the surface is very glossy, and before it begins to assume a dull finish. Cut fruit with a knife leaving a 1/2 inch of stem, do not pull or twist.
Storage – Store in a plastic bag in the warmer section of the refrigerator to protect against excess cold temperatures that can cause the development of pitted mushy spots. They will keep up to 5 days this way.
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