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About This Plant...
Family: Solanaceae
Genus and species: Solanum melongena var. esculentum
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 8-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2 to 3 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: -
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 5-10 days
Germination temp.: 75-90 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/4 inch
Days to maturity: 62-90 days from transplant
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 18-36 inches
Spacing between rows: 24-48 inches
Growing On...
Pests: flea beetles, spider mites, Colorado potato beetles, tomato hornworms
Diseases: anthracnose, verticillium wilt, phomopsis blight
Harvest: when fruits are 4 to 5 inches long with shiny skin; dull skin indicates overripeness
Growing tips: eggplants thrive on heat; they should not be set out in the garden until the daytime temperatures reach 65-75 degrees F.

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