Brinjal (Solanum melongena)

Brinjal (Solanum melongena)

$8.00 inc. GST

Pot Size: Approx. 14cm(Ø) x 11cm(H)

3 in stock

Overall Height approx. 35-40cm

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Brinjal (Solanum melongena)

  • The brinjal, which is commonly known as the eggplant or aubergine in the western world, is closely related to tomatoes and potatoes as it lies in the same Solanum family.
  • It is a staple part of many cuisines all over the world, and used in many popular dishes, with one of the more famous ones (thanks to Disney) being ratatouille.
  • They are also extremely healthy and can be prepared in many ways.
  • Eggplants are high in iron, calcium, and fiber, and are a low-fat, low-calorie food as well.
LIGHT
  • Place the pots in a spot that has good air circulation and gets direct sunlight and some wind.
  • This is because eggplant requires a lot of warmth and sun exposure when growing.
  • West or south-facing direction is appropriate.
WATER
  • Eggplants love to grow in evenly moist soil, ensure you provide adequate moisture for them.
  • Make sure the drainage is good to avoid root rot.
  • Also, take care not to saturate the soil with too much water making it soggy.
SOIL
  • The eggplants require a lot of nutrients for growth and a neutral or slightly acidic soil in pH.
  • Use soil that is rich in nutrients, most preferably loamy soilless potting mix.
  • Eggplants thrive in the soil which has adequate and sufficient moisture so think about the moisture-retaining capability of soil too.
  • Therefore, you should also add a lot of compost or aged manure to the soil to enhance its capacity to retain water.
FERTILIZER
  • To provide ample nutrients for more productivity, you should apply fertilizer following the recommendations on the fertilizer bag.
  • As eggplants are heavy feeders and need the fertilizer high in phosphorous, use the 5-10-5 fertilizer or other in a similar ratio, you can apply the balanced fertilizer, too.
  • If required, spray on the leaves of your plants with liquid plant food, typically known as the foliar feeding.

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