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Eggplant Lancaster PA

Long and thin or round and fat, eggplants range from egg- to melon-sized and come in a rainbow of colors, including purple, pink, white, orange, and green. They're used in hors d'oeuvres, main courses, grilled dishes, and pickled condiments in Lancaster.

Boas Garden Ctr
(717) 397-4424
1501 Columbia Ave
Lancaster, PA

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(717) 445-4076
310 Reading Rd
East Earl, PA

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Warburton Greenhouses
(717) 367-7490
6005 Schoolhouse Rd
Elizabethtown, PA

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Sled Run Heirlooms
(610) 544-5366
9 Ogden Ave.
Swarthmore, PA
 
Reilly'S Summer Seat Farm & Garden Center
(412) 364-8270
1120 Roosevelt Road
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Holtwood Gardens
(717) 284-3544
536 Drytown Rd
Holtwood, PA

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Miller's Christmas Tree Farm
(717) 367-8564
470 Trail Rd N
Elizabethtown, PA

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Greensgrow Farms
(215) 427-2702
2501 E. Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA
 
Sugarbush Nursery
(610) 856-0998
4272 Morgantown Road
Mohnton, PA
 
The Bird House
(610) 691-8843
2008 Stefko Boulevard
Bethlehem, PA

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Eggplant

Long and thin or round and fat, eggplants range from egg- to melon-sized and come in a rainbow of colors, including purple, pink, white, orange, and green. They're used in hors d'oeuvres, main courses, grilled dishes, and pickled condiments.

About This Plant

Eggplants are attractive, tender herbaceous perennials normally grown as annuals. Their purple flowers and large, purple-tinged leaves combine with colorful fruit to make them a stunning addition for a vegetable or flower garden. Eggplants are a warm-weather crop, thriving in heat and humidity that makes other crops wilt. It's best to grow eggplants in a part of the garden where you haven't grown related crops, including tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers, within the last 3 or 4 years. Many pests of eggplants are pests of these related plants too.

Site Selection

Select a site with full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. repare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.

Planting Instructions

Start plants indoors in flats or peat pots about 2 months before the soil warms up in your region, or buy nursery transplants just before planting. Cover planting beds with black plastic to warm heavy clay soils. Set out the transplants when all spring frost danger is past, spacing plants 18 to 24 inches apart.

Care

Add an organic mulch to retain moisture and control weeds after the soil has completely warmed up, about 1 month after setting out transplants. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Contact your local County Extension office for controls of common eggplant pests such as flea beetles, Colorado potato beetles, and tomato hornworms.

Harvesting

Most eggplants can be harvested when they are 4 to 5 inches long. The skin should be shiny; dull skin is a sign that the eggplant is overripe. Use a sharp knife and cut the eggplant from the plant, leaving at least 1 inch of stem attached to the fruit.

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