Eggplant is also known as 'egg plant' or 'egg fruit'. The taste is neutral, which means that the eggplant fits in many dishes. Eggplants can be combined well with seasonings such as garlic, basil and thyme.
Tip: Sprinkle slices of sliced aubergine with some salt, this will make the aubergine less bitter.
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Grow your own aubergines?
By growing aubergines from seed, the choice of the different aubergine varieties is much greater. Growing aubergine seeds yourself is not difficult and of course also fun. If you sow the aubergine seeds in the right way and give the aubergine plant a good position, you can enjoy fresh aubergines after 3-4 months.
Aubergines are used in stews, casseroles and of course in Italian dishes. The taste of aubergines is neutral and therefore fits in many dishes and can be combined well with seasonings such as garlic, basil and thyme.
Popular aubergine varieties
The most popular eggplant varieties are:
- Violetta Lunga 2
- Black Beauty
- Ophelia mini aubergine
- White aubergine white eggs
Make sure the temperature stays above 18 degrees. At lower temperatures, the growth of eggplant plants stops. It is therefore preferable to grow indoors, in a greenhouse or in a sunny sheltered place. If you nevertheless want to grow aubergines outside in the vegetable garden, only put the plants outside in the summer in a sunny and sheltered place on the south.
Sowing manual eggplant seeds
Below you will find a summary of the most frequently asked questions with answers about sowing and growing eggplant seeds yourself. Before sowing your seeds, always read the enclosed sowing instructions on the packaging for your specific aubergine variety.
How can I sow eggplant seeds? How to grow aubergine?
It is best to pre-sow eggplant seeds indoors from February in a propagator or pots. In pots, use 2 seeds per pot so that at least 1 seedling always emerges. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of sowing soil and spray the soil sufficiently moist with a plant sprayer. For best results, use a growing container with a lid to prevent the soil from drying out. It is best to even use a heated growing tray because eggplant seeds only germinate at a temperature of 22-25 ° C. Place the propagator in a warm, light spot and keep the soil slightly moist. If the temperature is too cold, the eggplant seeds will not germinate and the growth of the plant will stop.
As soon as the first aubergine leaves appear, you can remove the lid. When the seedlings have about 2 real aubergine leaves and are 7-10 cm high, you can transplant the seedlings into separate pots. Eggplant plants don't like the cold, so place them in a warm, sunny and sheltered spot, preferably in a greenhouse, conservatory or indoors. Eggplant plants can also be grown outside in a sunny, sheltered spot on the south, but the number of fruits will be a lot less.
Maintain a mutual planting distance of more than 50-75 cm and provide sufficient support with, for example, a bamboo stick. Make sure the soil remains sufficiently moist and water regularly and if necessary some fertilizer. After about 3-4 months you can harvest the first aubergines. Pick the aubergine fruits regularly to encourage continued growth. Harvest the aubergine before the shine fades from the skin.
When to sow eggplant seeds?
Sow aubergines indoors
Eggplant seeds can be sown indoors in a propagator from February to April. Preferably use a heated breeding tray with a lid so that the temperature remains well above 18 ° C and the soil remains sufficiently moist. For germination, the soil temperature should be around 22-25 ° C.
Sow aubergines outside
If you want to transplant the aubergine plants outside, do not start sowing before April. Use a culture tray with a lid for an even temperature and so that the humidity is maintained. By mid-May the danger of night frost has passed and you can plant the aubergine plants in pots or in the garden.
When do eggplant seeds germinate?
Eggplant seeds germinate after about 1-3 weeks, depending on the temperature.
What is the best germination temperature for eggplant seeds?
Eggplant seeds germinate at a soil temperature of 22-25 ° C.
How deep should I sow eggplant seeds?
Sow the aubergine seeds on the potting compost and press it gently against the ground. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of seed soil, about half a centimeter.
When can I transplant the eggplant seedlings?
After about 3-4 weeks, when the seedlings have about 2 real aubergine leaves and are 7-10 cm high, you can transplant the seedlings into separate pots.
How can I harden aubergine plants?
Start hardening off the aubergine plants in May by placing them outside in a sunny sheltered place for 2 weeks during the day.
What is the planting distance for aubergine plants?
Maintain a mutual planting distance of more than 50-75 cm. Provide sufficient support for the aubergine plants with bamboo sticks.
What is the best location for aubergine plants?
Eggplant plants like a warm, sunny and sheltered place. Preferably in a greenhouse, conservatory or warm place indoors. You can also grow the aubergine plants outside after ice saints, but fewer aubergines will grow on the plant.
How do I take care of aubergine plants?
Place eggplant plants in a sunny but sheltered spot. Water regularly and do not let the soil dry out.
What is the best soil and / or soil type for aubergine plants?
Use regular, regular, well-draining potting soil.
When can I harvest the aubergines?
You can harvest the first aubergines in August-September, about 3-4 months after sowing. You can recognize ripe aubergines by gently squeezing them. If the eggplant is light and has a beautiful color, they are ready to harvest. In any case, harvest the aubergine before the sheen of the skin fades.