Eggplant is one of the most delicious and versatile vegetables you can grow in your garden. With so many meal options from a side dish to the main entrée, it is also one of the healthiest and most nutritious vegetables.
But not everyone knows how to plant and cultivate this and other types of plants. So your local experts here at Dragonetti Florist & Garden Center thought that we would offer this quick-reference guide to help you grow the perfect eggplant:
When to Plant
The best time to plant directly into the ground is in the spring. However, for container-grown plants, summer and even early fall are acceptable.
What Type of Pot to Use
You will need a large container for just about any type of eggplant. This means something that has a capacity of at least 5 gallons.
Where to Plant Them
Make sure that the pots are placed in an area that has good air circulation, along with direct sunlight and a little wind. Facing west or south is best.
Eggplants require nutrient-rich soil for good growth, as well as a neutral or mildly acidic soil in pH.
Eggplants prefer evenly moist soil, so make sure that you provide adequate moisture. Also, make sure the drainage is good.
The Use of Fertilizer
To assist with the need for ample nutrients, applying a good fertilizer to your soil can be very helpful.
Proper Temperature Needed
For those of you in colder regions, eggplants need to stay above 50 – 54 F. If you live in a warmer climate, you need not be concerned with temperatures.
The folks here at Dragonetti Florist & Garden Center have so many more helpful hints and tips to help you cultivate whatever vegetation you prefer in your yard or garden. Stop on by and see us at 1875 Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn. If you prefer, you can give us a call at 718-241-3172 and we’d be glad to answer any questions that you may have.