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If you’re looking for a new garden plant to try, consider growing eggplant. Eggplant is an easy-to-grow vegetable that can be used in dishes like ratatouille, baba ghanoush, and many more! These nightshade vegetables need lots of sunlight, heat, and water, so make sure you have plenty of space for them in your garden. Learn how to plant, grow, and harvest this tasty old-world veggie with our detailed instructions down below. If you are new to growing eggplants, start with our basic care guide.

15 of the Best Italian Eggplant Varieties

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Eggplant is a warm weather crop for USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 10. When you grow your own, you can provide your family with unique varieties in a range of shapes and colors. Italian eggplants feature thin skins and fewer seeds than the types found in most grocery stores. Discover 15 of the best Italian varieties now.

9 of the Best White Eggplant Varieties

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Looking for something unique that will really stand out in your veggie garden this year? These nine white eggplant varieties will glow as they grow. Usually less bitter than purple cultivars, white varieties come in different shapes and sizes. To learn more about these delicious white eggplant cultivars, keep reading.

How to Grow Eggplant in Containers

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Eggplant is a delicious, nutritious warm-weather crop. If you want to harvest homegrown eggplant for your pasta dishes, curries, and more, but don’t have room in your garden, why not try growing it in containers? Planting in pots saves garden space and helps extend the growing season. Read more now.

Tips for Pollinating Eggplant by Hand

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If you want to hand-pollinate your own eggplants but aren’t sure how, then this is the guide for you. We’ll show you how easy it is to manually pollinate these tasty nightshades for a delicious crop this summer. Have your pick of three simple hand pollination methods to help ensure a savory, meaty harvest. Read more.

Eggplant Spacing: How Far Apart to Plant

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Eggplant spacing might seem straightforward, but once you dive into the world of aubergines you’ll realize the plants come in a few different sizes. Even more intriguing, eggplants can be grown as short-lived perennials and the spacing requirements change accordingly. To find out everything you need to know, read more now.

5 Reasons Your Eggplant Blossoms Are Falling Off

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Few things are more rewarding than growing your own eggplant. But what if your plants keep dropping flowers? How will they ever produce fruit? In this guide, you’ll learn the most common reasons that blossoms drop or fail to develop in the first place. A healthy crop of aubergines can still be yours! Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Eggplant in Your Vegetable Garden

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Eggplant will win you over with its array of colors and versatility in the kitchen. Native to Asia and in cultivation for thousands of years, this long-season, heat-loving annual is now enjoyed all over the world. Read more now.

21 of the Best Japanese Eggplant Varieties

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Japanese eggplant is a delight on the plate and you can grow this veggie right in your own backyard. When choosing seeds, you’ll find an incredible selection, in shades that are dark black, bright purple, lavender, pink, and even green. Read on to discover 21 of the best Japanese and Asian eggplant varieties.