How to Successfully Plant and Grow Eggplant

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Different eggplant varities have fruits that can be pear-shaped, oval, or long and thin.
Different eggplant varities have fruits that can be pear-shaped, oval, or long and thin. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Eggplants are members of the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae), a group that also includes the tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. The eggplant is a sensitive plant that needs extended periods of warm weather to thrive, and any light frost might kill it.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed-starting tray
  • Potting soil mix

Start seeds indoors eight weeks before the last frost at a depth of ½ inch.

Transplant the seedling outdoors two weeks after the last spring frost.

Space eggplant seedlings 24 inches apart, in rows 36 inches apart.

Plant eggplant plants in full sun.

Water the plants frequently, so the soil stays moist.

Eggplant is ready to harvest approximately 19 weeks after you plant the seeds.

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