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How to Grow Eggplant in Containers: Planting, Care, Harvesting, Storing and Solving Pest Problems

Did you know that eggplant is a fruit? It's related to the tomato and is a popular vegetable in many parts of the world. Eggplant can be grown in containers, and it's a great choice for gardeners who have limited space.


In this blog post, we will discuss how to grow eggplant in containers with the headings: how to plant, how to care for (plant), how to harvest, how to store, and how to solve pest problems. Let's get started!





How to plant eggplant in containers


Planting eggplant in a container can be a bit tricky, since these plants need warm, sunny conditions to thrive. The first step is to choose the right kind of pot and a good potting soil that is rich in nutrients. You should also select an eggplant variety that works well in containers, such as little fingers or fruity balls.


To plant the eggplant, you should begin with a pot that is at least 12 inches wide - this will give your plant enough room to grow and spread out its roots. Next, fill your pot with potting soil and then set your eggplant so that its base just touches the surface of the soil.


Finally, water your plant regularly and keep it in a sunny spot for best results. With the right care and attention, your eggplants should grow into healthy and beautiful plants!


How to Care for eggplant in containers




When growing eggplant in containers, the most important thing to remember is proper care and maintenance. Eggplants can be quite sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture, so it's crucial that you provide the plant with a constant supply of both. To keep your eggplants healthy, start by choosing a container that is deep enough to accommodate their roots.


Then, fill the pot with rich, well-draining potting soil and place it in an area of your garden that receives plenty of sunlight. When watering your eggplant, be sure to give the plant enough water that it freely runs out through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot.


As eggplants grow larger, you may need to re-pot them into a larger container or stake their stalks to prevent them from breaking under the weight of their fruit.


With these simple steps, you can successfully care for eggplants while they are growing in containers.


How to Harvest Eggplant


When it comes to harvesting eggplant, timing is everything. The fruit should be firm and glossy, and the skin should give slightly when pressed.


If the eggplant is still small, it's best to wait a few days until it reaches full size. Once it's ready, simply cut the stem with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Be careful not to damage the plant or drop the fruit, as both can reduce the quality of the final product.


With a little patience and care, you can enjoy delicious home-grown eggplant all season long!



How to store and preserve eggplant





When it comes to storing and preserving eggplant, there are a few key tips that you need to keep in mind. Eggplant should never be stored at room temperature for longer than a few hours. This can lead to premature spoilage and reduce the firmness of the flesh.


Instead, you should aim to store your eggplants in the fridge or in another cool environment as soon as possible. Second, you should always try to use up your eggplants quickly – ideally within 2 or 3 days of harvesting them.


If you plan ahead, you can even freeze or pickle your eggplant to ensure that they remain fresh and delicious for longer periods of time. With these simple storage and preservation techniques, you can enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of eggplant all year round!

How to solve common pest problems with eggplant while growing it in a container


There are several key steps that you can take when growing eggplants in a container garden to prevent common pest problems. It's important to ensure that your plants get plenty of sunlight and water.


This will not only encourage optimal growth and development of the eggplants, but it will also help to keep any unwanted pests at bay. You may also want to consider adding some natural pest deterrents to your container, such as garlic or cayenne pepper.


Finally, if you do encounter a problem with pests on your eggplants, there are several effective organic solutions that you can try. For instance, planting marigolds near your eggplant plants can help to repel aphids and other small insects without harming the delicate foliage of the eggplants themselves. By incorporating these strategies into your gardening routine, you should be able to successfully grow thriving eggplants without having to worry about common pest problems.

 

Eggplants are a delicious and nutritious addition to any garden. By following these simple steps, you can be growing eggplants in no time! And if you’re looking for more information on how to grow your garden, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter where I will send you monthly updates with the latest trends, videos, articles and free resources.