March 27, 2019

Starting Eggplants from Seed

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in the Northeast. Temperatures are expected in the 60s this weekend, and everyone at my farm is working hard to get the gardens ready for the growing season.

As part of the preparations, we’ve started many vegetable seeds inside my greenhouse - among them, eggplant. Eggplant, Solanum melongena, is fairly easy to grow and can be extremely productive. I love eggplant and plant several varieties every summer from small green Asian types to beautifully striped large Italian cultivars. Many of our vegetable seeds come from Johnny's Selected Seeds in central Maine. I discovered Johnny's years ago and have been using their seeds, plants, and tools ever since.

There’s no particular eggplant seed preparation necessary prior to sowing. They can be planted in trays and transplanted outdoors six to eight weeks later. Here are some tips and photos - enjoy. And be sure to watch the special video at the end.

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