Eggplants—are warm-weather vegetables that are harvested in mid- to late summer. The fruit comes in all shades of purple, some with white streaks, and some varieties are all white or even green at maturity. Depending on the variety, the fruit can be egg-shaped, round, long and skinny, and even curved. It is a delicious fruit vegetable, a must-have in any vegetable patch that are easy to grow right at home.Eggplants taste best when harvested young.This article will provide you with complete information on growing and caring for eggplants!
Sowing and planting eggplant
* Eggplant exists in many shapes, colors and sizes: round or long, purple, pink or white, but every variety is always grown in the same manner.
* Eggplant growing starts with sowing seeds, but it is also possible to purchase seedlings in your local nursery.
– Eggplant loves humus-rich soils.
– A good deal of sunlight is required.
– Regular watering during the summer, and temperatures higher than 65°F (18°C) are required.
How to sow eggplant
* First of all, begin with indoor sowing at a temperature of at least 65°F (18°C) from January/February to April to prepare for transplanting from April to June depending on your zone.
– Put 2 or 3 seeds per nursery pot.
– Drizzle water to keep the substrate a bit moist.
– When seeds sprout, keep only the single most vigorous sprout in each pot.
– Transplant when the ground has warmed up (at least 55°F or 12°C).
– When transplanting to the open field, place plants at least 20 inches (50 cm) apart.
Direct sowing of eggplant
* It is possible to sow directly in the plot if the risk of freezing is over, because eggplants are vulnerable to the cold.
* If you are in colder zones, wait for mid-May, but you can start earlier in milder climates.
– Dig furrows 20 inches (50 cm) apart.
– Place 2 to 3 seeds in the ridge at 20 inch (50 cm) intervals.
– Cover with light soil.
– Water regularly.
– Once sprouted, keep the sprout that is most vigorous in every seed hole.
Growing and caring for eggplant
* Remove side shoots, and especially, pinch the plant once it has produced 2 or 3 bunches of flowers, so that it may branch out.
* Young eggplant fruit with day growth marks.When a plant bears many eggplant fruits, it is good to remove several fruits when they are still small so that only up to 15 or so fruits remain on each plant.
* This guarantees that you will have a plump, beautiful harvest.
* Remove suckers that grow out from the base, they tend to drain the plant’s resources for nothing.
* Good mulch at the base of your eggplants will retain soil moisture and avoid weeds.
* Once you’ve determined that it’s time to start the eggplant harvest, wear gloves and long sleeves, as the eggplant stem has prickles, which can irritate the skin.
* Harvest eggplants when they are firm and glossy and big enough to eat—about one-third their maximum size.
* To test eggplant fruit for maturity, press the fruit with your thumb; if the flesh springs back it’s green and not ripe; if your thumb leaves an indentation, the fruit is overripe; the best tasting eggplant will be in between.
* A just ripe eggplant when sliced will have soft, well-formed but immature seeds; an immature and unripe eggplant will have no visible seeds; an overripe eggplant will have hard, dark seeds.
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