Growing eggplants use pretty much the same procedure as growing tomatoes. I actually planted my eggplant seeds the same time I planted my okra seeds and tomato seeds. As my tomato and okra seeds were starting to grow only after a week, there was still no visible sign of eggplant sprouts so I just let it grow in its own pace. That was Sept. 18, 2011.
After two weeks of waiting, my eggplant seeds turned into seedlings:
After three weeks, my eggplant seedlings kept growing...
Almost two months since I first planted the seeds, this is how my eggplant seedlings look like now:
Yay! I'm so happy! I'm continuously learning all this as I go along. I think I will have to re-pot them soon but for now, let me share with you how I did this up to this stage. If you also want to grow eggplants, just follow these simplified instructions (same as how to grow tomato seeds).
Soil - I used soil-less mix which I bought from Ace Hardware.
pots - I used old ice cream bins where I punch holes underneath for proper drainage
eggplant seeds - I bought a pack at National Bookstore
- Get your pot and fill it with soil, up to 3/4 of the pot.
- Water the soil well so it settles and becomes a bit packed.
- Get some eggplant seeds and just scatter them on your pot.
- Put another layer of the soilless pot mix such that the seeds are about 1/4 inch deep from the surface.
- Water the soil again, just enough to keep it moist.
- Place the potted seeds in an area where there's heat but out of direct sunlight at first, like our indoor garden. Once it starts showing true leaves, you can begin putting the pots outside to catch sunlight.
- Wait for the seedlings to grow.
Growing vegetables is really one of the best things you can do to help you relax. At least, that's what it does for me. Looking at them is the first thing I do after I wake up. It just sets a better mood for my entire day. Happy planting! (^_^)