Starting Eggplant From Seed

Posted By on March 3, 2012

Today marks the first weekend that we begin planting our transplants indoors for this coming growing season! This is our first time actually preparing a real garden in our home, so it’s going to be a lot of learning and trial and error, but it’s going to be exciting. We will begin by starting eggplant from seed. 🙂

Here are some stats from the back of the seed package:

– It’s a tender annual and I’ve heard it can be fussy to grow…
– They grow 1.5 to 2 feet tall. I’ve also heard they can grow up to 4 feet if well cared for!
– They take 5 to 10 days to sprout, under ideal conditions.
– They like moderate moisture content at all times, and need full sun…no shade!
– They take 80 to 85 days to mature. This is about 2.5 to 3 months.

Some interesting history/facts about our variety:

They were introduced in the USA around the year 1910, and have very rich flavor. The fruit gets to be about 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Usually each plant yields 5 to 7 which translates into about 1 to 3 pounds of fruit per plant.

How We Are Starting From Seed

1. Moisten the soil in a separate container – not too wet, but not dry. Just moist.
2. Plant in 2 to 4 inch pots under about 1/4″ of soil. We are using the plantable kind so we can just plop them in the ground.
3. We are planting 2 plants, one in each pot, so we can be sure to have a strong plant in the end.
4. Place on top of a heat source – they need temps between 75F and 90F to germinate, and do best at around 75F in general after germinating.
5. Cover the pots in some way some way so that they retain their moisture and heat.

Since this our first attempt, we’ll see how this goes. If we need to change anything, I’ll come back and make some changes to this post, so we’ll know what to do in the future! Welcome to our gardening diary.

Eggplant Pots - Covered

Eggplant Pots - Covered

Eggplant Pots - Uncovered

Eggplant Pots - Uncovered

Eggplant Seeds

Black Beauty Eggplant Seeds

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