How To Grow Round Eggplant

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by admin on January 29, 2015

Eggplant is a very popular vegetable and it’s quite easy to grow. This plant comes in many shapes and colors. The purple varieties are often used in Italian cooking while the smaller types are used in Thai cooking in dishes such as stir fry and tempura style dishes. These eggplants have a delicate flavor and they are easy to grow if you live in warmer climates with summers that are long and hot.

Round Eggplant(Khai Tao Kheaw)

How to Grow Round Eggplant Step One

You’ll want to get a seed tray and plant about six weeks before the end of the frosts in your location. Put about two seeds in each tray. Cover your seeds and mist them with some water. This will encourage the germination of your seeds. Make sure you place the trays in an area where they will get about 12-14 hours of sunlight. You can use a heating pad if you want to help with growth. In about 7 to 10 days the seeds will germinate so you can remove your covers and check the moisture of the seeds. You need a temperature of about 70-75 degrees so check the temperatures carefully. After two or three weeks you can chose the seedlings that are healthiest.

Step Two

Get some four inch pots and fill them with potting soil. Take the seedlings out of the tray carefully. You can use a fork to do this as it makes the process easier. Put the seedling in the pot and then fill around it with some more soil press the soil round the bottom and then fill up the pot with soil. Be gentle as you do this because young seedlings are very delicate and can be damaged easily. Water your seedlings by using a tray. Place the pot in a tray with some water so it can soak up the water. Avoid watering directly as the seedling isn’t strong enough and you may drown it. Keep the pot in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes and then remove it. Fertilize the seedling about twice per week. Once you transplant them outside you can fertilize monthly.

Prepare the garden bed two weeks after the last frost, when night temperatures rise above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 3 inches of compost to the bed and dig in, mixing it with the soil to a depth of 12 inches. If your soil pH is neutral or alkaline, dig in an additional inch of peat moss with the compost and soil. Eggplants prefer a slightly acidic soil.

Step Three

Dig about an 8 inch wide hole in the soil and space your plants about 24 inches apart. Remove the seedlings form each pot gently and put them into the soil. Water the plants well and put some mulch around the eggplants. Out a tomato cage around each seedling as the fruit is heavy once it grows and the plants will grow and sprawl. The cage will help keep the plants upright and allow for the air to circulate. Watch for pests and use proper measure to remove pests if you find any. It will take about 128 days after germination until you can harvest your plants.

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