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Leggy Eggplant Seedlings

Posted by homegardenpa PA Zone 6 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 25, 10 at 10:58

Ok, so I'm new to growing Eggplant and I managed to sprout a good few of them (Rosa Bianca), but they came up much later than my other tomato seedlings. I got more plants this year than I originally planned for, so room under the lights was sparse. I left them out a little too long and some of them have gotten a bit leggy - not terribly so, but leggy nonetheless.

What I'm wondering is, now that I've cleared out some extra plants (given them away to family / friends) I have room again so the leggy-ness should taper off, can I pot-up the eggplants a little to reduce some of the stem height? I've searched all over the place, but all of the answers I've seen are mixed. Some things I've read say that you can pot up a little bit, but don't cover any of the leaves, other things I've read say, don't pot up at all, but don't give any reasoning as to why.

Any help would be appreciated.


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RE: Leggy Eggplant Seedlings

Most plants like to be planted at the relatively same depth as they grew in. That means they can go a bit lower but not much. Tomatoes planted deeper will grow roots along their stem but most plants don't do that and you run the danger of the stem rotting.

Do you have more than 1 light? Could you devote one light to your eggplant so you can have it higher than is needed for your other plants? If so I would stake your leggy plants and get them under the lights. Once they have enough light the stem will thicken

RE: Leggy Eggplant Seedlings

While increasing light will undoubtedly help, in my experience any plant in the Solancaea (sp?) family -- tomatoes, eggplants, peppers -- can be transplanted a bit deeper than the original soil line. Tomatoes are a bit more tolerant of this, but eggplants can also survive such a move.

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