I love getting out in the garden when the Perth weather suits. Let’s talk about vegetable growing, in particular how to grow Eggplant in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
When should you plant Eggplant?
The best months to plant Eggplant in Perth are Sep-Feb. You can plant using Transplant, ideally when the soil temperature is around 15-24 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Transplant
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: 15-24c
Can Eggplant grow in pots?
Yes, however you will require a large, deep pot.
The great thing about planting Eggplant in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Eggplant indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Eggplant get?
You will discover that Eggplant thrives on Full sun with protection from strong winds.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Eggplant isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
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How often should you water Eggplant?
Eggplant really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
They prefer soil that is Well-drained.
When can you harvest?
Being a 8 Weeks vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Eggplant crop is around Jan-May. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Eggplant in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Eggplant in rows. You’ll need to allow around 100-120 centimetres between rows, and 45-60 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 100-120 cm
Space between seedlings: 45-60 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Eggplant seeds for up to 5 years, and use them to grow more next season?
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Enjoy delicious Eggplant in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Eggplant in your own backyard.
There’s literally nothing better than eating freshly harvested food from your own vegetable patch! You don’t know how delicious a tomato is, until you picked one warm right off the vine.
Enjoy growing your own vegetables, and enjoying that organic taste.