Eggplant, also known as aubergine or brinjal is a plant belonging to the nightshade species which is mainly grown for its oval shaped edible fruit. This oval shaped fruit is usually white or purple in color and is widely used in cooking all over the world.
By nature, this plant is a tropical perennial which is however cultivated as an annual in most places. The first ever cultivation of the eggplant took place in Asia a very long time ago. In the past, there were hardly any varieties of this plant however now due to rapid agricultural advancement a lot of eggplant varieties have been introduced.
The difficulty for growing this plant varies by the variety of this plant being grown. Some are fairly easy to grow whereas some are one of the toughest vegetables to grow.
Tips For Growing Eggplants
From the gardening point of view, there are a lot of options that a gardener can choose from. Based on the knowledge and requirements a gardener should carefully choose among the various varieties of eggplants to grow.
Most people believe that eggplants have a bitter taste but that is not true in all of the cases. The taste mainly depends on the variety of the plant and how well it has been grown.
Anyways, no matter how good or bad it tastes, those who want to grow it will do either way (LOL!). So, I will just hook you up with a few tips to help you along the way.
- Eggplants are heat loving plants in nature which mean that they need a lot of sunlight in order to grow well. Thus, an ideal location for this plant will be the one where it can receive tons of sunlight. A place with partial shade may lead to the growth of plant but chances are it will turn out to be unfit for consumption.
- Moisture level requirements of this plant are also on the higher level. Mulching is recommended to maintain the moisture level required for this plant. Furthermore, mulching will also help the plant to stay free from weeds and fungal diseases.
- Maturity time varies from one variety to another. Some eggplant varieties get fully matured in a time period of just 2-3 months while others take a lot longer to get fully matured.
- For optimum growth levels, it is essential to maintain a soil with a high organic matter consistency. Furthermore, the soil pH level should be close to neutral from the acidic side. Ideally, it should range between 6.5-7.0.
- Eggplants can’t bear winters even the mild ones. If there’s even the slightest chance of frost then its probably the best option to drop the idea of growing eggplant. If it is essential to growing eggplants in the cold months then growing it in dark plastic pots will help you a lot.
- Unlike many other plants, indoor locations are best suitable for growing eggplants. However, it should be ensured that the requirements of the plant can be fulfilled in the indoor location chosen.
- It’s best to use the fruits right off when harvested because as soon as the fruit is exposed to air its flesh will start losing its color. Also, do not let the fruit get over-ripe if you want it to stay healthy.
- At the time of harvesting, it is suggested to wear a hand cover as the stems of this plant are prickly and they might cut your hands. Moreover, instead of pulling the fruit it is suggested to cut it from the plant.