Eggplant is extremely sensitive to the conditions under which
it is grown. A warm weather plant, it demands a growing season of
from 100 to 140 days with high average day and night temperatures.
The soil, also, must be well warmed up before eggplant can safely
be set outdoors.
In the South, eggplants are grown in spring and autumn; in the
North, only in summer. The more northerly areas, where a short
growing season and low summer temperatures prevail, are generally
unsuitable for eggplants. In very fertile garden soil, which is
best for eggplant, a few plants will yield a large number of
fruits (fig. 28).
Sow eggplant seeds in a hotbed or greenhouse, or, in warm
areas, outdoors about 8 weeks before the plants are to be
transplanted. It is important that the plants be kept growing
without check from low or drying temperatures or other causes.
They may be transplanted like tomatoes. Good plants have stems
that are not hard or woody; one with a woody stem rarely develops
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