How To Grow Thai Eggplant

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by admin on June 14, 2015

The eggplant is a very versatile vegetable. It can be used in a wide variety of dishes. There are many different colors of eggplant. The plant is native to Africa and Asia. The larger purple plants are used in Italian cooking. The Thai eggplants are used in stir fry dishes and other dishes. The vegetable has a very delicate flavor to it and it’s easy to grow in hotter climates such as those found in the Mediterranean.

Thai Eggplant

How to Grow Thai Eggplant Step One

You can grow the seeds in trays about six weeks before the end of the frost or you can wait and buy seedling once the nurseries open up in the spring, it’s up to you. If you grow in tray put 2-3 seeds in each tray and give them some moisture. The seeds will need to be placed where they can get between 12-14 hours of sunlight to grow properly. In about 7-10 days you should see small seedlings appearing. Make sure the seedling have a temperature of about 75 degrees so they grow well. You can thin them out once they have grown a few inches tall to remove the weaker ones and allow the better seedlings more time to grow properly.

Step Two

You can transfer larger seedlings to pots if you want once or put them outside directly in the ground once the frost has cleared. If transferring from pots make sure you’re careful when removing them to preserve the roots from damage. Place each seedling in the ground and press down on the dirt gently. Give the seedlings some decent water but be sure not to over water the plants. It’s ideal to have some fertilizer in the ground along with the plants to encourage growth. Adding 3 inches of compost material will help the plants grow well. Peat moss can also help your eggplants grow to optimal size. Plants should be about 24 inches apart so that they have the room needed to grow to the full size.

Step Three

Consider using cages for these plants as the fruit is very heavy and the plants will sprawl when they are growing. Keeping the fruit off the ground in this way will allow the air to circulate and the fruit to grow to its best size. Watch your plants for signs of caterpillars, flea beetles, whiteflies and spider mites. These pests can be a problem for eggplants. Visit your local nursery and seek advice if you have any infestations.

Harvest the plants when the fruit is ripe and consider using proper tools to remove the fruit from the thick stems so you don’t damage the eggplants. Some of the best tasting eggplant is when the fruit is younger so feel free to pick them when they aren’t fully grown. When the shells are shiny they are usually ready for harvesting. These vegetables can make an excellent addition to any meal and are best when grown at home and fresh.

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