How To Grow Eggplants In A Pot

Planting this veggie in containers will help save you time and space.

July 29, 2016
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To make eggplant parmigiana truly from scratch, start by planting the vegetable in a pot. Container gardening saves space and accelerates your growing season because the soil warms more quickly in the confines of a planter than in the ground.

Any variety of this bushy, 3-foot-tall plant, from small-fruited "Patio Baby" to the hefty "Black Beauty", will grow in containers. (Learn how to can grow tomatoes in the driveway, dill on the deck, and peppers on the porch with Rodale's Edible Spots & Pots—get your copy now!)

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Start with the equivalent of a 5-gallon bucket for each seedling. Terra-cotta pots or cedar planters work well—just make sure they have drainage holes. Fill containers with a rich blend of equal parts organic potting soil and compost. Buy transplants from a garden center or, if time allows, experiment with unusual varieties by starting from seed (try Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds). 

Place your containers in full sun, and water them whenever the soil surface feels dry (and check out these tips on how to grow the most flavorful eggplant). To harvest, use pruning shears.

By the time fruits lose their gloss, they are seedy and bitter. Slightly immature fruits have the best flavor and texture.