To grow an eggplant, start the seeds indoors, transplant the seedlings to a sunny location, pinch off the terminal growing points, water and fertilize the plants, stake the plants and pinch off buds. You need containers with potting soil, a trowel, seeds, stakes, water and fertilizer.
- Start the seeds indoors
Start the seeds indoors by planting them in soil-filled containers. Keep them well-watered, and prepare to transplant them outside once they reach 4 inches in height.
- Choose a good location
Choose a good location in which to transplant the seedlings. They need sandy soil and full sun.
- Transplant the seedlings
Transplant the seedlings to the chosen location. Give them plenty of room to grow by spacing them between 24 and 30 inches apart.
- Pinch off the terminal growing points
Once the seedlings start to grow, pinch off the terminal growing points to encourage the plants to become bushier.
- Water the seedlings
Water the seedlings well.
- Fertilize the plants
Fertilize the plants every two weeks. Use a balanced fertilizer.
- Stake the plants
Once the plants reach 24 inches tall, add stakes for support.
- Pinch off the buds
Pinch off all buds or fruit on the plants except five or six to promote the growth of the remaining fruit.