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Growing eggplant quick reference guide

Growing Eggplant Guide

The growing eggplant quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing eggplant. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.


Quick Reference Guide

Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Eggplant
Also Known As Aubergine, guinea squash, melongene
Botanical Family - Solanaceae, Genus - Solanum, Species - S. melongena
Plant Type Warm season - annual - fruiting vegetable
Frost Tolerance Very Tender
Planting Position Grow in full sun - Requires at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 4 years
Germination 7-12 days at 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Growing Temp 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Seed to Transplant 6 - 8 weeks
Planting Method Seedling transplants
When to Plant Spring
Time to Plant Wait until at least 2-3 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area and not before soil temperature are consistently 70 F (21 C) or above.
Seed Sowing Sow seeds indoors only
Plant Spacing Transplant seedlings 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart in rows 30-36 inches (75-90 cm) apart
Soil Conditions Well drained - High organic matter - Rich fertility
Fertilizer High fertilizer needs, 5-6 quarts per 100 sq feet (5.5-6.6 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before planting - use liquid starter fertilizer at time of transplanting - side-dress when the first fruit are set - repeat every 2-3 weeks until the last fruit set.
Days to Harvest 100-140 days - depending on conditions and variety.

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