EGGPLANT aka BRINJAL
Eggplant is a species of nightshade commonly known in British English as AUBERGINE and also known as brinjal, brinjal eggplant, melongene, garden egg, or guinea squash. It is widely used in cooking, most notably as an important ingredient in dishes such as Moussaka and Ratatouille. And In India, as we all know this magnificent vegetable is cooked in so many different styles that one can’t decide what to do with them.
There’s no specific season to plant brinjal. It can be grown all the year round, just to make sure there is enough sun for them. And as long as you water the plants regularly, and add manure on timely basis, this plant will never disappoint you.
So the first Step –
Lightly drop the soil over the seeds instead of packing it in.
After 10- 12 days.. you will see seedlings…
An outdoor spot that receives full sun is ideal, as both the light and sun are essential in promoting a good harvest. Eggplants thrive in warm soil.
After few weeks –
Each Eggplant (Brinjal as we know it) should be given around 1 sq feet area. While growing it in containers or in flower pots, it would be wise to have one such plant per container.
One of the great things about growing eggplant in containers is that they won’t get the nasty soil-bourne fungus, which they are prone to and is fairly common in traditional garden soil. Eggplant needs a fast draining potting soil, but also one that won’t dry out too fast. If you are using a very light soil, you will have to water enough times during the day so that they soil doesn’t completely dry out–in the heat of the summer, depending on your pot size soil, that may mean watering twice a day or more. Your goal is to keep the soil moist, not soaking wet. If you are growing eggplant in a pot or container, it is also a good idea to use some type of mulch, like straw or wood chips to cover the soil, which helps to keep the soil moist.
After another months… Eggplant starts to produce Flowers.
Brinjal plants generally grow to a height of 1-2 feet. Once the flowers come, don’t loose your patience if you don’t see any sign of Eggplant.
Well I did, And removed 5 out of 3 of Plants thinking what a waste of time, not knowing that Vegetables comes only after 4-5months. 😉 So flowers will keep coming and will keep falling. Till….
Brinjal plants have a lifespan of almost 2-3 years. So enjoy them!
PS: Do you know India is the second largest producer of eggplant after China.