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Container Eggplant Question

Posted by ejh805 8b (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 16, 12 at 16:36

I'm going to start eggplant transplants later today.
I'm wondering if I will be able to put 2 into a 20 gallon nursery container, or if that would be too many. I'm not growing any giant varieties.

If 2 to a 20 gallon nursery container would be too much, would 2 in a 20 gallon SmartPot work?


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RE: Container Eggplant Question

Sounds like plenty of room to me. I've read that eggplants grow fine in only 5 gallon pots.


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Thats fine.

You can see a pictures of 4 eggplants in an 18 gallon tub at the link below (2 big plants, 2 smaller ones)

Here is a link that might be useful: Eggplant Stumppot


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Emgardener-
Those look really nice!
I ended up putting 3 in the 20 gallon container.

One Ichiban, one Black Beauty, and one White.

They are each about 6 inches tall and they all have one bloom on them. Should I remove the blooms so they can get bigger before producing, or just let those blooms fruit?


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I usually remove flowers when transplanting, but you might also consider how much time you have left in your growing area.


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I've got until late November. Probably longer. It wasn't until after/around christmas this past year that it started actually getting cool.

If I do leave the flowers on, will it stunt the growth or cause any problems?


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Won't hurt. But you'll get a small eggplant first (and faster), but it will then take longer to get big ones.


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I have an eggplant in a milk crate container, and it's doing fine. There's three or four eggplants on it right now. That's considerably smaller than a five gallon container - closer to three.


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Thanks everyone :)

I decided to pinch off the blooms. I want my eggplants to be a little bigger before producing fruit. Just hope that our first-frost date isn't a whole lot earlier than I'm expecting. And if it is, then oh well. I'll be more prepared next season.

-Emily


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For many years I have been putting three eggplants in a 20 gallon container. This year I decided to try only two per container. The link below is a pic from July 1 but as of today the two eggplant containers are far larger and are producing more than when I used to plant three. Sometimes less does produce more. I have also observed this with other plants like Cleome where it seems that adding more plants in previous years inhibited their growth.

Here is a link that might be useful: Eggplants on July 1


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