Seven Tips for Successfully Growing Aubergines Outdoors

Beautiful and mysterious — these are two words that can best describe aubergines.  If you would like to grow them in your garden, it wouldn’t be a surprise.  But to successfully do this, you must take note of several factors.

Aubergines may be easy to grow but they are frost-sensitive.  Exposure to prolonged cold weather will stunt their growth, make their flowers fall-off, or totally kill them.

Take note that growing aubergines are similar to growing peppers — they should be planted outdoors only after any sign of frost has already passed.  Also remember to study these tips if you want to be rewarded with a healthy and abundant aubergine harvest.

    • Choose if you want to grow aubergines from seeds or from transplants.  But before you decide, consider that it takes about 150 days for aubergines to mature.  That means growing from seeds will require more time.

If you decide to go for seeds, start by planting them indoors.  After four to six weeks, the seeds should grow enough to handle being transplanted outdoors.

If you decide to go for transplants, make sure to choose plants with fully opened and deep green leaves.

  • Auberdines love the sun.  When planting them in your garden, choose an area where they will get full exposure to the sun.
  • Use soil that drains well.
  • Plant your aubergines in a row with each plant 18 inches apart from each other.  This would avoid overcrowding, giving them enough space to grow.  The rows should be approximately 30 inches apart, if not more.
  • Fertilize your eggplants if you want them to grow to its maximum potential.  Eggplants specially favor potassium-rich fertilizers.  Pour a cup of starter fertilizer on your newly transplanted eggplants.  Once the plants begin to flower, follow it up with ¼ cup of vegetable fertilizer.
  • In order for eggplants to grow well, they also need a lot of moisture.  Water your eggplants regularly especially if you’re in an area with a very dry climate.
  • Be vigilant in checking if pests are enjoying eating your eggplants before you do.  Use organic insecticide if you find these insects bothering your plants.

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One Response to “Seven Tips for Successfully Growing Aubergines Outdoors”

  1. Jenny says:

    Hi – I purchased an aubergine plant from Addis store in July this year and put it inthe (unheated) greenhouse. I have watered it regularly and fed it with a tomato fertiliser. It’s in a tomato grow bad type compost. It has plenty of flowers on it which eventually drop off and no aubergines! This is the first time I have tried to grow anything so am quite the novice. Can you give me any advice please? I have also suffered freelancer recently and was told that an enzyme found in fruits and veg is no longer in what we buy over the counter in our fruit and veg. I have been told that the enzyme missing in our food helps blood cells combat cancerouscells when they form. I believe this enzyme can be found in a variety of seedscalled ‘heritage’. Can you advised me where I can find these? Many thanks.

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