Growing Eggplant In Containers

Eggplant is a delicious and versatile (fruit) vegetable that can be grown in containers. With a little care and attention, you can grow your own eggplants at home, even if you don’t have a lot of space. This guide to growing eggplant in containers covers everything you’re going to need to get started, as well as tips to guarantee a bountiful harvest.

Here are some of the benefits of growing eggplants in containers:

  • Space-saving. Containers can be placed on patios, balconies, or even windowsills, so you can grow eggplants even if you don’t have a lot of yard space.
  • Easy to care for. Eggplant plants are relatively easy to care for, and they don’t need to be watered as often as plants in the ground.
  • More control. When you grow eggplants in containers, you have more control over the environment, such as the amount of sunlight, water, and fertilizer they receive.

Eggplant is technically a fruit, but is referred to as a vegetable. This is due to its savory flavor and wide variety of cooking methods.

Supplies To Grow Eggplant

The hardest part of growing eggplant in containers is getting the seeds to sprout. At Ace’s Garden, all of our eggplant starts in a seed germination kit. Once your eggplant seeds sprout, leave them in the germination kit for at least two weeks to establish the root structure. You may have to remove the lid and add a supplemental grow light, or place the seed trays in a window that gets plenty of sunlight.

When you’re ready to transfer from the seed germination kit to final pot, consider using grow bags. They are less prone to tipping over, and they are easy to move when needed. All of the indoor plants grown in Ace’s Garden start in the seed germination kit before moving to these 5 gallon grow bags.

Eggplant grows on a vine and has a rather large, but weak root structure. That means you will need gardening stakes, or a trellis. When fruits and vegetables grow on the ground they rot before being ready for harvest. Allowing the eggplant vine to grow up a garden stake or trellis will keep your fruit off the ground.

Most importantly, you need eggplant seeds that are disease resistant, and come from strong organic genetics. Ace’s Garden Eggplant Seeds don’t stay in-stock for long.

Finally, you will need a fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10. A balanced fertilizer should be used until the fruiting growth face. Then switch to ph balanced water only.

Tips for growing eggplant in containers

  • Choose the right container. Eggplant plants need a container that is at least 12 inches deep and it should also be wide. The container should have drainage holes to prevent the roots from rotting.
  • Use the right potting mix: Eggplant plants need a potting mix that is rich in organic matter and drains well. You can buy a potting mix specifically designed for eggplants, or you can make your own by mixing equal parts potting soil, compost, and perlite.
  • Plant the eggplant in the right location. Eggplant plants need full sun. Choose a spot in your yard that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day to set your containers. If using a grow light, consider using an LED on a 16-8 light cycle.
  • Water the eggplant regularly: Eggplant plants need to be watered regularly, especially during hot, dry weather. Water the soil until it is moist, but not soggy.
  • Fertilize the eggplant every few weeks: Eggplant plants need to be fertilized every few weeks to produce a good crop. Use a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, and follow the directions on the package.
  • Protect the eggplant from pests and diseases. Eggplant plants are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, such as aphids, whiteflies, and eggplant mosaic virus. To protect your plants, inspect them regularly for signs of pests and diseases, and treat any problems as soon as possible.

With a little care and attention, you can grow your own eggplants in containers. Eggplants are a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

Don’t want to start from seed? Check out these strawberry plants for sale. A little TLC and sunshine will have you savoring juicy strawberries all season long.

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