Eggplant

Eggplant Snowy

Harvest Season:  Summer, fall

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: 24" - 30"

Width: 12" - 24"

Exposure: Sun

Varieties available: Snowy

                                Shoya Long (Japanese)

                                Fairytale

General Information: 

Eggplant, also known as aubergine, is a versatile and nutritious vegetable that can be grown in your own garden. 

Before planting eggplant, it is important to prepare the soil properly. Eggplants thrive in well-drained soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 7.0. Test the soil and amend it with organic matter, such as compost or aged manure, to improve its fertility and drainage.

 

Choose a sunny location with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Space the plants 18-24 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.

Eggplants require regular watering to ensure proper growth and fruit development. Water deeply once a week, providing about 1 inch of water. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot and other diseases.

To promote healthy growth and abundant fruiting, fertilize eggplants with a balanced fertilizer high in phosphorus and potassium. Apply the fertilizer according to the package instructions, and be sure to water the plants thoroughly after fertilizing.

Eggplants are susceptible to various pests and diseases, including aphids, flea beetles, spider mites and fungal infections. Monitor your plants regularly and take appropriate measures to control pests and diseases. 

Eggplants are ready to be harvested when they reach their mature size and have a glossy skin. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the fruit from the plant, leaving a short stem attached. Harvest regularly to encourage continuous fruit production.

Eggplants can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a week. They can be grilled, roasted, sautéed, or used in various recipes, such as eggplant parmesan. Experiment with different cooking methods to discover your favorite way to enjoy this delicious vegetable.

 

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