Tips for Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Eggplant | Aubergine | Brinjals at Home 🍆
Growing Eggplants at Home is Super Easy. Brinjals or Eggplants can be grown from seeds. Eggplants are easy to grow and are a very low-calorie vegetable. Unfortunately, a lot of farms grow them with the help of harsh synthetic pesticides. Aubergines or Brinjals have excellent nutritional value and are an ideal vegetable for weight watchers.
Aubergine is an ideal ingredient for Middle Eastern and Indian Dishes
In this article, you will learn about the following:
- Sowing Brinjal or Egg Plant seeds
- Transplanting the Brinjal Plants into Garden Bed / Pot / Container
- Caring for the Brinjal Plants
- When to GetMyHarvest from the Brinjal Plant
Step 1: Sow the Seeds
The first step is to sow the Aubergine or Brinjal seeds in seed trays. The seed trays must have Cocopeat in them. Learn “How to Use Cocopeat“ to know more about using it as a medium for growing plants. The trays will have to be kept moist by watering twice a day. You can start the seeds indoors if the soil is not warm enough or the rainy season. You can also sow the seeds in a seedbed made with Cocopeat in your garden. The seeds will start sprouting in 2 weeks.
If you want to skip growing Brinjals from seeds, you can source baby plants from a plant nursery near you.
Step 2: Transplanting the Eggplant into Garden Bed / Pot / Container
The baby eggplants can be transplanted to garden beds, pots, or containers after they have grown 3-4 inches tall. The plants must be transplanted in a spot that gets abundant sunshine. It is crucial to keep the soil moist and to fertilise the plants regularly with compost or natural fertilisers.
Step 3: Caring for the Aubergine Plants
Pinch out the terminal growing points for bushier plants. Bushier plants will mean more buds, flowers, and hence more Aubergine. The Aubergine do not like very frosty months, but otherwise, they grow all-year-round. Do not try to spray loads of synthetic insecticides to drive away insects because they are required for pollination. Do not spray with synthetic fertilisers if some Eggplant are getting spoilt. If you grow them under the influence of synthetic fertilisers, they will no longer be considered organic.
Learn “How to Make Natural Pesticide at Home”
Step 4: When to GetMyHarvest
Your Brinjals will be ready for harvesting almost three months after transplanting. If you are growing Chu-Chu (Small) Eggplants, wait for the fruit to reach 6-8 centimetres in diameter before harvesting. It is recommended to use a Pruner to harvest with accuracy without damaging the stems.
Here’s a Tip: If your Aubergine / Brinjals or Eggplants are under a pest attack, try making a Natural Pesticide to repel the insects and pests. Learn “How to Make Natural Pesticide at Home”
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