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Growing Eggplant


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This fruit is loved by so many when breaded and fried as eggplant parmesan. This plant is one of the easier plants to grow and will become the prized plant of your garden. This warm season plant loves the warm weather and will produce within about 80 days from planting. This plant needs to be protected from late spring freezes with a frost blanket.

Space your plants 2 to 3 foot apart. Caging this plant can keep fruit out of the dirt and open up sunlight to the plant. Harvest your eggplants while the skin is dark and glossy. Do not wait until glossiness fades and fruit turns purple. White Eggplants need harvesting before they turn yellow. Fruit will store for 5 to 7 days when wrapped in a dry paper towel and stored in refrigerator in a vented plastic bag.

Keep moisture consistent as inconsistencies can cause Blossom End Rot. Large swings in temperatures (90 degrees days and 50 degree nights) will cause plants to drop flowers. Eggplant are the choice of Flea Beetles which love to eat the leaves. Sevin dust or insecticidal soap can fix that.


Incorporating plenty of organic matter and compost into your garden is critical before planting your crops. Continuing to feed with slow release granular fertilizer works well for those people with limited time. This fertilizer will continue to feed for 3 months and it includes micronutrients that may have been depleted from gardens of years past. For those people with a little more time, water soluble fertilizers like Miracle Gro  will feed your plants every 2 weeks and will help produce large yields. For those Organic gardeners, fish fertilizer works great as well.


 

Vigoro 3.5 lb. Tomato and Vegetable Garden Plant Food Plus CalciumMiracle-Gro 1.5 lb. Tomato Plant FoodAlaska 1 Gal. 5-1-1 Fish Fertilizer


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