can only be started off in the hottest months of the year. It loves
warm temperatures, braving hot humid days better than any other vegetable.
They love sunny well drained beds and prefer a soil manured the previous
should be sown into seed raising mix. Germination is best achieved at
soil temperatures around 25 degrees celsius (77 degrees farenheit).
Ideally they should be sowed a week after capsicums and three weeks
after tomatoes. Transplant the seedlings into bigger pots or garden
beds once they're an inch tall. The
Chinese or Japnese variety's packet describes them as having "smooth
deep parplish black fruits" that need 6-8 weeks to reach "marturity".
However, I didn't get any deep parplish black fruits, or even deep purplish
black fruits. Eggplant
is self pollinating but if you grow different varieties closely together
bees can cross pollinate them.
eggplant by cutting off the fruit with scissors or a knife. Don't pull