How to Successfully Plant and Grow Eggplant

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To successfully plant and grow eggplant, you need to know when to start the seeds, how to space them, the climate they grow best in, how long until you can harvest the eggplant, as well as many other aspects of growing eggplant in a vegetable garden.

  • Indoor Seed Starting
    Start seeds indoors 7 weeks before the last frost.

  • Outdoor Planting
    The earliest you should plant eggplant outdoors is 2 weeks after the last spring frost.

  • Growing Season
    Summer.

  • Seed Storage
    To successfully grow eggplants from seed, seeds should be used within 5 to 6 years.

  • Seed Planting Depth
    To successfully grow eggplants, you should plant eggplant seeds at a depth of ½ inch.

  • Plant Spacing
    Eggplant plants should be 24 inches apart, and rows should be 36 inches apart.

  • Location
    Plant eggplant plants in full sun.

  • Maintenance
    To successfully grow eggplant, water the plants frequently, so the soil stays moist.

  • Seed to Harvest/Flower
    Eggplant is ready to harvest approximately 19 weeks after you plant the seeds.

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