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How to transplant eggplant

May 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Eggplant

Tuesday 5-15-2012

With highs in 70’s for the extended forecast, I thought it would be a good time to transplant my eggplant plants that I have been hardening off over the past week.

 

Timing?

Plant out eggplant after a danger of frost has past when soil and air temperatures are warm. Eggplant needs warm soil temperatures even more than tomatoes and peppers, so make sure you have soil temps in the 70’s before you transplant.

 

Variety?

“Diamond”- I have been growing this variety of eggplant with a lot of success for some time now. Interestingly, it is from the Ukraine. The plants grow to be about 2’ tall and grow clusters of 5-10” long purple eggplants that are about 2-3” in diameter. The fruit looks beautiful, but even better the taste is fantastic. We like to roast them with a little olive oil, or cook them as eggplant parmesan.

 

Tools and materials needed?

Metal rake, shovel, hand trowel, eggplant plants, water

 

Soil type preferred?

Eggplant prefers well composted soil in a sunny spot.

 

Companions eggplant loves?

Mint, Marigolds

 

Companions that love eggplant?

Peppers, beans

 

How far apart to plant eggplant?

18 inches is good spacing.

 

How to plant eggplant?

 

1. Rake mulch back and set out plants 18 inches apart.

 

2. Dig the hole 2-3 times wider than the pot, and plant the eggplant at the same depth as it was in the pot.

 

3. Place plant into the hole to make sure it is the desired depth.

 

4. Make sure roots are not root bound in the pot. If so massage roots to loosen.

 

5. Place plant in hole and backfill with the existing soil.

 

6. Push mulch back

 

7. Give the plants a thorough watering to enhance establishment.

 

Eggplant- inter planted with peppers

 

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