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