How to Grow an Eggplant Upside Down


If you've given up on the idea of growing eggplant because of a lack of gardening space, try planting eggplant upside down. It may sound unorthodox, but it's actually a practical way of gardening that is especially attractive because the plant is at eye level and requires no bending, stooping or weeding.

Step 1

Purchase a small eggplant at a garden center or greenhouse. Eggplant should be planted when the days warm up in spring and all danger of frost has passed.

Step 2

Drill a hole in the bottom of a five-gallon plastic bucket. The hole should be about 2 inches in diameter, as an eggplant is large at maturity. Devise a place where you can temporarily hang the bucket low enough to prepare it for planting. Possible suggestions include the crossbars of a clothesline or on a broomstick placed across two chairs.

Step 3

Place a coffee filter over the hole in the bucket to prevent potting soil from washing through the hole. Cut a slit in the coffee filter. Hold the coffee filter in place inside the bucket with one hand, while you guide the roots of the eggplant through the outside of the hole.

Step 4

Hold the coffee filter in place inside the bucket with one hand, while you guide the roots of the eggplant carefully through the outside of the hole.

Step 5

Fill the bucket with an all-purpose commercial potting soil. Allow approximately an inch unfilled at the top of the bucket to allow for watering. Hang the bucket where the eggplant will be exposed to full sunlight. The bucket is fairly heavy, so hang it from a beam or a sturdy support.

Step 6

Allow a hose to run slowly into the top until water runs through the hole in the bottom. Check the potting soil every day, as potting soil in containers dries out quickly. During hot weather, the eggplant may need to be watered every day.

Step 7

Fertilize the eggplant with a general-purpose timed-release fertilizer at the time of planting, and again every four to six weeks. Apply the fertilizer to the eggplant according to the package direction.

Things You'll Need

  • Eggplant
  • 5-gallon plastic bucket
  • Drill
  • Broomstick and two chairs (optional)
  • Coffee filter
  • Commercial potting soil
  • Eggplant seedling
  • Garden hose
  • General-purpose time-release fertilizer


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.