Reasons for supporting and training eggplants
The benefits and ideas to training eggplants
If you have ever cultivated the eggplant, you would have realized the impact training eggplants has on the crop. Eggplant pairs beautifully and is related to tomato plants botanically. It is a native to both China and India, and was brought by Arabic traders to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. However, the plant is delicious and has also been linked to some medicinal properties.
These plants are very busy and have large leaf sizes borne on woody stems. For some varieties, they can attain a height of up to about 4 and a half feet. The large fruited cultivar of the eggplant can have more than a pound in weight and though these fruits vary in sizes, but the smaller varieties tends to bear more fruits.
Proving support and training eggplant is very vital. Especially for varieties that are heavy bearers, the support can help the plant to sustain the heavy weight of fruits. Supports can be provided at seedling stage especially when few leaves start emerging or at transplant time. However, anything can be used to stake the plant, it could be wooden or metal rods that are coated with plastic. Although the plant needs a supporting structure that is about 3/8 – 1 inch in thickness and 4 – 6 feet in height. Staking the eggplant is simple but you have to be more careful. Once you have selected a suitable stake to use, drive it into the ground at least one or two inches away from the plant. You can use garden twine to tie the plant to the stake. There are also several types of tomato cages you can use as support.
Benefits of training the eggplant
The main reason for cultivating crops is for better yield, and there is no doubt that training eggplants can increase yield. In addition to better yield, staking and training the plant prevents the fruit from having contact with the ground, which helps to reduce the risk of diseases as well as foster fruit shapes.
There are many reasons for growers who are cultivating the eggplant to provide support and train the plant. The plant is prone to falling over especially they become heavily laden with fruits. Therefore, supporting it will prevent them from damage and fruit loss. Harvesting is also done easily when support is used. Support can also enable the plant to receive an adequate amount of sunlight during the day, which facilitates the growth of the plant.
However, with all these benefits listed, you can’t go wrong by training your eggplant. In fact, this is one of the best agronomic practices every eggplant grower should adopt. It makes the entire gardening process easier