Growing Eggplant, also Aubergine

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S S   P              

(Best months for growing Eggplant in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 24°C and 32°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 60 - 75 cm apart
  • Harvest in 12-15 weeks. Cut fruit with scissors or sharp knife.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beans, capsicum, lettuce, amaranth, thyme
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

28 Dec 21, Elisabeth (USA - Zone 7b climate)
YES! I lived in zone 9 in Florida. You can most definitely grow them. Start your seeds indoors in early January and put them out in mid February. They will be producing by April and over it by mid June when your temps start in the 90s. I then always planted okra in June where the eggplants were. They were a nice succession planting in zone 9.
14 Dec 21, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Probably not, Most crops are seasonal, usually temperature reasons. Very few crops produce all year.
21 Jun 21, Chris Harrison (Australia - temperate climate)
If you pick eggplant while still green, will they ripen in a warm, sunny spot in the house? I have 3 eggplants on 1 plant that seem to have stopped growing for the last 2 weeks and are not ripening. It's too cold now and they're not getting much sun. Thanks
29 Jun 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Pick when they have reached full size, if you wait too long the seeds develop more.
20 May 21, Rosaline Thomas (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I would love to know when eggplant /ubergine was first farmed in South Africa?
02 Nov 20, Aboo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
What other veggies can you plant with egg plant tks
03 Nov 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Egg plant can grow to 1m wide so you don't want other plants growing close to it. Read the article here for what to grow near egg plant and what not to grow (potatoes).
16 Oct 20, Wilhelmina Warrington (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I want to know if you can plant Aubergines in pots and what size pot you would need, also if you can freeze them
19 Oct 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
When frozen they tend to go bitter
19 Oct 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
The bigger the better, 50-60cm+ diameter. Google about freezing it - I wouldn't think so..
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Egg plant can grow to 1m wide so you don't want other plants growing close to it. Read the article here for what to grow near egg plant and what not to grow (potatoes).

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