HOW TO GROW EGGPLANT IN POTS

POT:

Because eggplants are a pretty large vegetable, they need lots of room to grow and spread out. Choose a big container, at least a 5 gallon capacity pot or container. Make sure that the pot has large drainage holes as well – this is very important.

SOIL:

For eggplant to grow big and healthy, you'll need two parts good quality potting soil and one part sand. This will ensure adequate nutrients and good water retention.

PLANTING:

Unless you live in a very warm and sunny climate, it's highly recommended that you purchase eggplant shoots/seedlings from your local nursery. This will give you a major head start! If you choose to plant from seed, use the same soil mix and plant the seed in a small pot. Remember to water the soil regularly and place the pot in a warm, sunny spot. Once the eggplant has formed seedlings, gently transplant them to a larger pot.

Leave 12-14 inches of space in between each plant. Plant the seedlings at the same level they were in their nursery pots.

FERTILIZER:

Before covering up the hole with soil, add a handful of time release fertilizer. Then, cover up with soil and water your plants.

CARE:

  • Water regularly, and make sure the soil is never dry. Over watering can be a problem though, so make sure you're not drowning your eggplants!
  • Make sure your plant receives enough sun – about 6-8 hours daily.
  • Install a support system such as a small trellis or tomato cage.

Happy Planting!