The Care of Eggplant Plants
If you are planning to grow some edible plants, the most commonly used ones are the eggplant plants. Growing them is not as difficult as you think. Eggplants are easy to cultivate. They can even be grown indoors during cold months if you have a cold frame. Their small size makes them fit for indoor cultivation. The best part about eggplants is that they don't grow too fast.
Eggplants grow slowly but their yields are quite bountiful. These days they can even be grown by beginners in your garden. They don't require a lot of space and it's not that hard to maintain them. It is wise to purchase them when they are still small to avoid any wastage. Grow them in pots until they get to about 2 inches tall then transfer them outdoors. Continue this until the plant reaches about 4 inches.
You can use them interchangeably with tomatoes as you can use either plants to produce tomatoes or tomato plants to grow the seeds. In growing them interchangeably, you should make sure that they get ample and proper exposure to sun all day long. This is essential to ensure good growth. The soil where they are planted should be well-drained so that the roots get adequate moisture. If your soil is not so well-drained, it may cause the plants to lose their leaves.
Eggplant requires a lot of space to grow and they become a problem during some times of heavy rains. Make sure that it is not planted in areas near the road as it is often prone to collecting water. Take into consideration where it is being placed and the season that it is being grown in. In the summer, they tend to be more prone to frosts.
Take good care in observing the type of plants that you have. Do not crowd them together if they are of different types. When young, they grow fast. However, as they grow older, they tend to grow slower.
Make sure to provide sufficient amount of water. The amount depends on the weather conditions. During hot months, the plants tend to be dry. During wintertime, they go through a process called dormancy which slows down their growth. During the springtime, they bloom up once again.
In choosing the right season, the period from the fall to the spring is considered ideal. In this time, the plants start to blossom and produce small fruits. The temperature is perfect and there is no chance of plant diseases. As a matter of fact, the diseases pose serious problems during this time. Make sure that you have fertilizers in the garden so that the plants do not face any kind of deficiency.
There are many more varieties available but I have mentioned just a few. Eggplants are great for people who like eating fresh vegetables. If you grow your own, you save money. The vegetables are also fresh. Enjoy the experience of growing these plants!
You should dig the hole with a digging fork. The plant will need extra space for growing. You can add a little compost as well. When the plant has grown roots, remove it from the pot. Water it well and put it in a proper pot.
There is no need to prune the plant. Just remove the dead flowers or leaves from the stem and clip the root system. Do not forget to fertilize the plant during its growing time. Fertilizer should be applied during each growing season.
In a year, you can move the plant to a bigger container. Take it somewhere the place where you can get full sun. If the area around your home gets less sunlight, then plant it under a large deciduous tree. Water your plant well and fertilize it at least every third time during its growing season.
The growth of these eggplant plants will depend on the amount of sunlight it gets. It will also depend on the humidity of its environment. If there are no trees around, it will need a lot of water to grow. The best time to harvest your harvest is when the plant starts turning color. Cut the plant and give it a good cleaning.