How to Plant Eggplant Seeds

Overview

Eggplants are easily recognized by their thick, purple waxy bodies and bright green stems. These strange-looking plants have been grown for thousands of years, at first primarily for decoration. It wasn't until the 19th century that they became known as a good source of food. Today, eggplants are grown throughout many regions of the world. They are generally easy to grow, but due to their need for a long period of warm weather, the seeds should be started indoors to ensure they have enough time to mature.

Step 1

Fill a planter with potting soil. Do not pack the soil tightly as loose, well-drained soil is beneficial for a sprouting seed. This should be done between eight and 10 weeks before the date of the last expected frost.

Step 2

Plant the eggplant seeds 1/4 inch deep and at least 4 inches apart from one another. Too much crowding in the planter may cause the plants to grow slowly or die.

Step 3

Water the soil so it is evenly moist, but not soggy. The soil should stay moist throughout the entire growth cycle.

Step 4

Place the planter in a sunny window that stays between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Put it in a south-facing window if possible for more sun.

Things You'll Need

  • Planter
  • Potting soil
  • Eggplant seeds
  • Water

References

  • USA Gardener: How to Grow Eggplant
  • The Worldwide Gourmet: Eggplant
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