The Q&A Archives: Eggplant Basics

Question: We are interested in planting eggplant in our garden this year, but we have no idea how much room to leave. Is eggplant a vine, bush or what? Any information that you could provide would be great. Suzanne Miller De Kalb, IL

Answer: Eggplant starts as a small transplant and eventually by fall becomes a small bush (about 2' wide x 2' high). If grown in warmer areas, it's actually a perennial shrub. So, you can grow it in a large container such as a 1/2 whiskey barrel, or in the garden in full sun, with lots of fertility. The long, thin Asian types are a bit easier to grow and produce than the traditional black, teardrop-shaped types.

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