Common Name: Eggplant is also known as aubergine
Botanical Name: Solanum melongena
When to Sow: Spring - early Summer
Planting Position: Prefers rich well-drained soil and sunny sheltered spot. Use a short stake in exposed areas.
Days to Germinate: 10-14 days
Ready to Harvest: 12-16 weeks
Lifespan: Annual - Lasts one year
Fertilise: When seedlings are about a week old feed fortnightly with a liquid fertiliser. Tomato food is also good for eggplants
Did you know?
There are 25 calories in 100 grams of Eggplant. It is composed of 92% water, 6% carbohydrates, 1% protein, and negligible fat.
Eggplant is a very good source of dietary fibre and many other nutrients.
Eggplant health - yellowing of leaves can some times mean magnesium deficiency. To restore magnesium, use a solution of Epsom salts, mix up one tablespoon of Epsom salts to a 600ml spray bottle and fill with lukewarm water, shake it until the Epsom salts dissolve and spray on the foliage and flowers.
About Eggplant: Eggplant, as its name suggests, is a large egg-shaped fruit with a glossy surface that varies in colour from dark purple to red or white and is sometimes striped.
Tips for growing: Sow seeds into a seedbox or punnet of good quality seedling mix or alternatively direct in final growing position in a large pot or in the garden.
Harvest fruit when the skin is smooth and rich purple in colour. Cut rather than pull fruits from the bush.
Companion Plants - plant Eggplant with: chives, onion, parsley, marigold, nasturtium, carrot and roses.