Eggplant - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide - University of Illinois Extension



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
Eggplant (plants) 50-75 Dusky 56
Black Magic 80
Classic 76
Black Beauty 80
Burpee Hybrid 70
Vegetable Hardiness Recommended planting period for central Illinois (b) Time to grow from seed to field (c)
For  overall
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
inches inches inches
Eggplant ….. 18-24 30-36 (d)