How To Grow Eggplants In A Pot

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 Container gardening  saves space and accelerates your growing season because the soil warms more quickly in the confines of a planter than in the ground.

Any variety of this bushy, 3-foot-tall plant, from small-fruited “Patio Baby” to the hefty “Black Beauty”, will grow in containers.

Start with the equivalent of a 5-gallon bucket for each seedling. Terra-cotta pots or cedar planters work well—just make sure they have drainage holes. Fill containers with a rich blend of equal parts organic potting soil and compost. Buy transplants from a garden center or, if time allows, experiment with unusual varieties by starting from seed (try Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds).

Place your containers in full sun, and water them whenever the soil surface feels dry . To harvest, use pruning shears.

By the time fruits lose their gloss, they are seedy and bitter. Slightly immature fruits have the best flavor and texture.

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