Eggplant Growing Guide

Eggplant, also known as Aubergine

Crop Rotation Group

Solanaceae (Potato and tomato family) 

Soil

Warm, fertile, and well drained.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

A semi-tropical plant; cannot tolerate frost.

Feeding

From midsummer onward, drench with a liquid feed every two weeks.

Companions

Catnip, Marigold, Beans, Pepper and Tarragon.

Spacing

Single Plants: 1' 3" (40cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 1" (35cm) with 1' 5" (45cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow indoors 6 weeks before last spring frost, or buy seedlings in late spring. Transplant to larger pots if needed. Plant out in late spring, when the weather is settled and warm.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Stake plants to keep them from falling over when they become heavy with fruit. Mulch to keep soil lightly moist.

Harvesting

Use pruning shears to cut fruits from the stem. Perfect fruits have shiny skins and only a few immature seeds inside.

Troubleshooting

Use rowcovers to keep plants warm while protecting them from flea beetles. Remove covers when plants begin blooming so the starry purple flowers can be pollinated by bees.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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