The Eggplant is a thin, waxy skinned, black to purple coloured, elongated, oval shaped vegetable that is often found throughout Mediterranean cuisines. This short lived, tropical perennial is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and can be very rewarding, producing more than 50 fruits per plant within a growing season.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Eggplants originate from the warm, humid conditions of the tropics and subtropics, but can be grown outdoors during summer in temperate climates.

    Requires a long warm growing season.

    Eggplants are moderately deep rooting and can be grown on a wide range of soils. They do best on light-textured soils such as sandy loams or alluvial soils that are deep and free draining. These soils tend to warm up quickly in spring and are suitable for early plantings.

    Water regularly and apply mulch during the warmer months to help retain soil moisture.

    Soils that contain high amounts of clay should be avoided.

    Young seedlings are sensitive to frost and cold temperatures.

    Trellis support systems are needed for keeping the fruit off the ground and also helps reduce wind damage.

    Two row planting systems are very common with steel or wooden stakes, where stakes are placed 3-4m apart with lines of wire or heavy duty twine between stakes which is used to train the branches of the eggplant vine.

    Eggplants are rather susceptible to fruit fly, so it is recommended that a suitable control program is implemented in areas where the pest is present, in order to keep successful crops.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 3¾-4½ cups (750-900g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 7.5 - 9kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply as a band 10cm below rows, at 10cm wide, 7 days pre plant. Additional application of nitrogen may be necessary. Apply when seedlings reach the 3 leaf stage.


    Stage: Side Dress  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 3¾-4½ cups (350-450g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 3.5 - 4kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply after the first set of fruit and every 3 weeks from first harvest to the end of cropping in a band15cm from the plant. Additional nitrogen may be required if heavy rains occur, on sandy soils, or if harvesting continues for more than 3 months. 


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.