If you're growing eggplants in your garden, there are a few things you should know about taking care of them, like their ideal growing conditions and their water needs.
Eggplant can be grown in USDA zones 4 through 10, and it prefers sandy, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 - 7.0.
This vegetable also needs full sun for its growth process! Eggplant can tolerate high temperatures - up to 85°F (30°C) - but they will stop their growth when temperatures fall below 60°F (15°C). Cooler temperatures will cause them to grow more leaves and less fruit, while frost will kill your plants completely.
WATERING YOUR EGGPLANT
This crop will need about 1-2 inches of water per week, but it’s better to thoroughly soak the soil once, rather than doing shorter more frequent watering. That way, their roots will have to develop to reach all the moisture and won’t become shallow.
HOW TO AVOID DISEASE
You’ll want to avoid planting in a spot where tomatoes, peppers or potatoes were grown the year before. These crops are relatives of eggplant, so if you don’t practice crop rotation, it increases the risk for diseases.
With these tips in your back pocket, your eggplant will have a great chance at thriving! We can't wait for you to reap the rewards of this tasty crop.
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