Grow your own Eggplant

by Natasha Starkell | 08.10.2013 | eggplant , vegetables | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Grow your own Eggplant

Grow your own Eggplant

Eggplant, or aubergines can be tricky to grow. Grown outdoors they're susceptible to pests and disease, so the easiest way to grow them is to grow them indoors .

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Eggplant, or aubergines can be tricky to grow. Grown outdoors they're susceptible to pests and disease, so the easiest way to grow them is to grow them indoors .

Plant the seeds in a seed tray just under the surface of the compost. The seeds will like to be kept moist, so keep the soil well misted and give it a lift now and again so it doesn't get too compacted and the moisture can soak through. Keep it in the sunniest spot in the house, or under a grow light with the lid on the tray. When the seeds sprout it's time to remove the lid. Mist them regularly, the grow light will continue to be beneficial and a heat pad can promote growth too.

When your seedlings are about an inch in height, put them into individual pots. Keep them well watered but make sure they don't get waterlogged. As they grow, the plants will need a little support, so add a cane and tie the plant loosely to it as it grows.

Outdoors, they will pollinate naturally with the wind, but indoors you'll need to brush the plant to mimic this. When your aubergines turn a deep purple, they're ready to pick. Cook them and enjoy them!

 

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