Growing Eggplant - Knowledgebase Question

West Newton, PA
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Question by CJO8
March 15, 1999
The last couple of years I had tried to grow eggplant. I haven't been getting any fruit; do they like the full sun and do they have to be watered alot?

Answer from NGA
March 15, 1999
Basically, yes, eggplants need full sun and plenty of water. Eggplant needs a very long growing season of full sun and warm days to grow well. Plant the transplants outside when the weather has really warmed up -- with days in the upper sixties -- because these plants are very cold sensitive. Some gardeners also use raised beds and/or black plastic to warm the soil for their eggplants. They need a deep, rich soil that is evenly moist but well drained and appreciate a good layer of mulch because they should not be allowed to dry out.

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