Eggplants are grown much like tomatoes, but they are spaced closer together and are not staked.
Fruit rot is sometimes a problem but it can be controlled by growing resistant varieties. Wilt-resistant varieties are also available. Flea beetles are usually very abundant on eggplant.
Harvest the fruits while they are still glossy.
|Crop||Amount for 100
ft of row
|Variety recommended for use in Illinois||Days to harvest||Resistant to|
|Vegetable||Hardiness||Recommended planting period for central Illinois (b)||Time to grow from seed to field (c)|
|Eggplant||Very tender||May 10-June 15||...||8-10|
|Vegetable||Spacing in row|
|Seed to sow per foot||Distance between plants when thinned or transplanted||Distance between rows||Planting depth|