Everything you need to know about Aubergine seeds

Growing Aubergine Seeds Questions & Answers

Aubergine seed questions

How long do aubergines take to grow from seed?
Aubergines take approximately 70-80 days to reach maturity when grown from seed.

Do aubergines like full sun?
Yes, aubergines prefer full sun and need direct sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours per day. In regions with hot climates, providing some afternoon shade can help protect the plants from intense heat

How long do aubergine seeds take to sprout?
Aubergine seeds will start to germinate 7-14 days after sowing.

Do aubergines need a lot of water?
Aubergines require regular watering to thrive, but they do not like to be waterlogged. It's essential to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Typically, aubergine plants benefit from about 2-4 of water per week, either from rainfall or supplemental watering.

How many aubergines can you get from one plant?
This depends on the variety of aubergine, growing conditions, and care provided. In general, a healthy and well-maintained aubergine plant can produce anywhere from 1 to 6 or more fruits per plant during a growing season.

What can I plant next to aubergine?
As a few ideas, try basil or nasturtiums to repel pests, marigolds to attract beneficial insects or beans to provide shade.

Can I grow aubergines in pots?
Yes, you can grow aubergines in pots or containers, provided you use a sufficiently large container and provide proper care. Choose a container with drainage holes that is at least 45-60 cm in diameter and depth to accommodate the aubergine's root system. 

What not to plant with eggplant?
Avoid planting eggplants alongside potatoes as both are susceptible to similar pests and diseases and planting them together can increase the risk of infestation or disease spread.

Do eggplant seeds need darkness to germinate?
No eggplant seeds do not need darkness to germinate. They actually benefit from light during germination.

Are aubergines easy to grow?
Aubergines are moderately difficult to grow. Their challenges include needing a long growing season (5 months or more), susceptibility to pests like flea beetles and whiteflies and diseases like fungal blight.

What does an overwatered eggplant look like?
Overwatering signs in eggplants include wilting limp and droopy leaves, yellowing leaves, root rot and mold or mildew on the soil surface.

Do aubergines grow back?
No, aubergines are annuals and do not grow back year after year.

Can I plant eggplant next to tomatoes?
Yes, you can plant eggplant next to tomatoes. Both eggplant and tomatoes are members of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) and share similar growing requirements.

How tall does an aubergine plant grow?
Aubergines reach a mature height of 70-150cm (depends on the variety).

Does eggplant need a lot of room to grow?
Eggplants don't require a huge amount of room. For optimal growth and air circulation, aim for a spacing of 60-90 cm between plants.

How to grow eggplant faster?
Although you can't really force an eggplant to grow faster, you can provide ideal growing conditions: temps between 21°C and 29°C, 6-8hrs full sun daily and well-drained fertile soil.

Growing aubergine seeds






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