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Q.Getting a second season out of Eggplant

Zone Phoenix, Arizona Zone 9B | Grandpa Bob added on April 18, 2018 | Answered

We live in Phoenix Az., and our Planting Zone is 9B. We have been growing Eggplant for years, every year starting out with new seed. This past season we left the established plants in the ground and they have now sprung back to life producing some very nice sized fruit. The only problem is in the color of the fruit. They are not the dark purple like from the first season but rather light in color. Should we be side dressing the plants and if so, what do you suggest we side dress with for organic growing?

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Answered on April 18, 2018

They are designed to go for that long. Although it can go for that long, the fruit size, quality, and quantity will diminish greatly. I would recommend with starting new crops every season. This will keep fruit production strong.

You should definitely dress your plot each year with dolomitic lime, wettable sulfur, and plenty of organic matter such as compost, and worm castings. This will ensure that your soil remains completely fertile after each season.

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