Eggplant

(Solanum melongena and others) Eggplant is easy to grow, and the fruit is nutritious and incredibly delicious. Another of the great staple agricultural crops of India, eggplant varieties have long been appreciated in traditional communities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Mediterranean coast, and, more recently, the Americas. With their often large and showy purple or white blooms and velvety leaves, eggplants are ornamental enough to grow in the border or even in the front yard! Heat-loving plants, eggplants are best started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date of spring. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. Seeds will germinate in 7-21 days. Ideal germination temperature is 75-89F. We recommend the use of a heat mat, or place the seed trays in a warm location, such as on top of the refrigerator. Be sure to set out transplants only after carefully hardening them to outdoor conditions, and only after warm weather has really arrived. Space plants 2.5 feet apart, keep them well watered but not soaked, and mulch to suppress weeds and retain moisture.

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