1. When to Plant

The best time to plant eggplant is about 2 to 3 weeks after your last anticipated frost of the season.

2. Where to Plant

Plant in nutrient rich soil that drains well, such as raised beds or large containers. Eggplant needs 8hrs of direct sunlight.

3. How to Plant

Eggplants are large plants that take a long time to grow to maturity and produce. It’s best to either buy an eggplant start from your local nursery or start your own plants by seed indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date.

4. When to Harvest

You can begin to harvest fruits when they’re about 1/3 of their full size. I like to lightly push my thumbnail into the side of the fruit; if the mark stays, that means the fruit is ripe and ready to be picked. You can also wait for fruit to grow to the full size indicated on the back of the seed packet. You’ll want to harvest before the skin starts looking dull instead of shiny.

5. How to Harvest

To harvest fruits, use scissors or sharp knife to cut the stem. Handle fruits carefully to avoid bruising them.