Caring for Aubergine Plants in Your Garden

Aubergines are not very difficult to grow.  In fact caring for aubergine plants in your garden is relatively easy.  With just a few pointers, you should be able to successfully grow auberdines and experience a productive yield.

Aubergines love warm places.  Its culture is similar to that of bell peppers and tomatoes where transplants are set in the garden after all the dangers of frost have passed.

Since they are slightly larger than peppers, they should be planted with enough space apart.  They are not very sensitive to grow but if you want a successful yield, they do require some attention.

Fertilize Regularly

Caring for aubergine plants doesn’t end when you have successfully seeded or planted them correctly.  It has just begun actually.

Aubergine plants are heavy feeders, meaning, they need a lot of nutrients from the soil to thrive.  Use a starter fertilizer when you transplant.  Apply two to three pounds of complete fertilizer per 100 feet.

When you see the first fruits appear, do a second application.  To stimulate growth, you may also use 1/4 cup of fertilizer that is high in phosphorous.  Also apply nitrogen fertilizer on either side of your plants.  However, remember not to over-fertilize.

Sufficient Watering

Keep the soil moist at all times especially during seed germination.  The key here is the term “moist,” not soggy.

Overwatering when the plant is still young might lead to root rot more so when the soil you are using is not free-draining.

As the aubergine plant matures, or when the temperature is extra hot,  it will have an increased need for more water.  Water the plants when the soil begins to feel dry, but do not water them when the soil is still wet.

Pest Control

If you see that the leaves of your eggplants are full of holes, flea beetles might be feeding on your plants.

To control this pest, you can use a homemade insect spray on your aubergine plants.  It includes only simple ingredients so it’s easy to make: finely chopped garlic and onion, cayenne pepper, and liquid dish soap.

Also pull out weeds as they can compete for nutrients and water with your aubergine plants.  You can use herbicides in large plantings while mulches are best for small ones.

 

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One Response to “Caring for Aubergine Plants in Your Garden”

  1. Mrs Sammy Gomes says:

    I have an Aubergine plant growing, there are about 20 flowers on it and have developped into fruit but how do I control them? should I tie them up like tomatoes or cut some fruit off? Help!!

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