Do Eggplants Need Support?

Whether you are growing eggplants from seed or transplants, you must give them the proper care they need to grow and produce fruit. This half hardy plant requires warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight to grow and fruit properly. It can take up to 65-80 days to fully mature, depending on the variety. During this time, you may need to water the plant often to ensure that it does not dry out between waterings.

The best way to water your eggplants is to use a drip system that delivers water to the plant at the appropriate depth. This will ensure that the soil is never soggy, and will also prevent weeds from growing. It is also best to mulch the plant with a layer of organic mulch, such as chopped leaves or tree bark. This will help to retain moisture and keep the soil warm.

Eggplants should be grown in a spot that is sunny, warm, and well drained. This is necessary in order to ensure that the plant gets the nutrients it needs to grow. You will want to plant your eggplants about thirty-six inches apart, and give them a full growing season to ripen. It is also a good idea to provide your eggplants with overhead frost protection. This will help them to survive into the next growing season.

It is also a good idea to prune your eggplants in early autumn. This will help to promote side-shoots, which will in turn produce more fruit. You can also use gardening shears to remove ripe fruits from the plant. However, it is best to do this with the best secateurs available.

The best time to harvest eggplants is when the skin begins to appear glossy. Indentations in the skin indicate that the fruit is past its prime. You can also tell when the fruit is overripe by hearing a lighter woody noise. The easiest way to tell if the fruit is ripe is to gently squeeze it. The skin will be glossy and will give you a hint of the quality of the fruit.

It is also a good idea if you use a trellis to support your eggplants. There are many different trellis ideas. Some are simple and standard, while others are more adventurous. For example, you can grow eggplants on a vineyard style wire support system or on a pergola. You can also use a trellis to grow other fruiting plants, such as blackberries. A trellis also provides protection from senescent leafs and helps to keep the plant healthy. There are also trellis ideas that use bamboo canes or garden fences as supports.

You can also grow eggplants in containers. You can fill two gallon containers with high quality potting soil. Make sure the containers are well drained and have drainage holes. You can also use a ground level drip system to water your eggplants. A container will also allow you to easily move them to the greenhouse when needed.

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