Aubergine Eggplant Berenjena Aubergine
Soil :Warm, fertile, and well drained.
Position : Full sun.
Frost tolerant : A semi-tropical plant; cannot tolerate frost.
Helps: onion, beets, aromatic plants, cucumbers
Helped by: beets, cucumber
Sow and Plant :Sow indoors 6 weeks before last spring frost, or buy seedlings in late spring. Transplant to larger pots if needed. Plant out in late spring, when the weather is settled and warm.
Stake plants to keep them from falling over when they become heavy with fruit. Mulch to keep soil lightly moist.
Germination: 4-10 days
Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 3″ (40cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 1″ (35cm) with 1′ 5″ (45cm) row gap
Feeding : From midsummer onward, drench with a liquid feed every two weeks.
Harvesting :Use pruning shears to cut fruits from the stem. Perfect fruits have shiny skins and only a few immature seeds inside.
Yield per 10ft (3m) rows: 20
Time to harvest: 75-85 days
Troubleshooting :Marigolds will deter nematodes.
Use rowcovers to keep plants warm while protecting them from flea beetles. Remove covers when plants begin blooming so the starry purple flowers can be pollinated by bees.