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How Often Do You Water Eggplant? (Tips To Prevent Overwatering & Underwatering)

Eggplant took its name from the way they grow. It is believed that the plant originated either in the Center of India or China. It belongs to the “nightshade” family alongside other vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers.

Eggplant is enjoyed constantly by many individuals throughout their diet journey. It’s a super beneficial vegetable that has much nutrition. Besides, it has a versatile eating form, you can grill, stuff, fry, and pickle them.

Watering really affects the overall taste of the eggplant, because not sufficient watering can lead to a bitter taste.

For ideal and sufficient watering creating a schedule is ideal, so you won’t randomly and unnecessarily water the plant.

How Often Do You Water Eggplant?

The rumors are true, the eggplant needs a lot of watering, to be more specific during the growing stage is eager for water. The more water you add, the better the quality and taste get, so how big the eggplant will get highly depends on the watering.

Now, to answer the on how often you should water would be 1 inch deep watering once a week. It would be perfect to thoroughly soak in the water than watering frequently and in shallow form.

In addition to watering, weather conditions, and soil type will strongly impact the development of the eggplant.

How Much Water Do Eggplants Need?

It’s my duty to warn you about the watering. Just in case the soil is dried up or the drought environment kicks in, you must act immediately to prevent it otherwise the plant will grow poorly or even die.

Water eggplant thoroughly, if the plant is exposed to high temperatures, windy weather, and sandy soil, you can expand the depth of watering for only an inch.

Note that after transplant, you have to fertilize. Pour ¼ cup of starter solution all over the plant, then add 2 tablespoons of fertilizer and a gallon of water to prevent any possible disease. Remember, early diagnosis is better than dealing with the disease.

Additionally, by mulching the eggplant, you will get moisturized soil, so the watering process can be postponed for a couple of days. This way, you don’t have to water more frequently during those boiling hot summer days. I almost forgot to mention, keep the mulch away from the stem, just cover all around it.

Lastly, the watering process should be done either in the early morning or afternoon, not in the middle of the day when the sun is in its best performance. If the weather is windy, you can postpone watering on that day.

Is it Possible to Overwater/Underwater Eggplant?

Yes, eggplant needs plenty of watering and depends on whether you intend to plant them indoors in a pot or outdoors in the garden. So, as a result, both cases are possible to happen. With early diagnosis and visual signals of the eggplant, you can figure out what’s wrong and act accordingly.

Overwatering

Overwatering is also known as a common issue in planting. The very first thing to look for when you’re in doubt about excessive watering is leaves. 

By touching the leaves you can understand that you have overwatered the plant. If the leaves feel soggy, soft, and lean, it is most likely that in no time they will start to fall off. Another sign that leaves tell that the plant is overwatered is curling. 

Apart from that, excessive watering can cause root rotting, if this is the scenario, pulling off and changing the place would be the solution.

Underwatering

Just when you are scared of overwatering, you can come across underwatering, again the visual sign of underwatering are leaves. This time a little bit different. Yes, the leaves will fall off and turn yellow, but the feeling you will get when you touch them is dryness, crisp and breakable.

To find out whether you underwatered the eggplant is to check the soil, if it feels like a tough cookie and super dry, then you have to cut the dead leaves and water them thoroughly. 

Watering Tips and Soil

The soil type is the definition of how much water the plant needs. If you use sandy soil, you have to water the eggplant more and if you use loam soil then less watering is needed.

If you live in desert-like hot weather, increase the watering to 2 times a week. As for cool temperatures, the eggplant is sensitive to cold, after all, they are tropical fruits and you need at least 65°F to keep them alive. 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension made a research about eggplants and according to Joseph Masabni, Assistant Professor and Extension Horticulturist, and Patrick Lillard, collaboration stated that “you should plant the eggplant with pH from 5.5 and 7.2 level and remove the weeds when the soil is loosened 6 to 10 inches deep.

How to Revive Overwatered Dying Eggplant? 

Such as disappointment when well-taken care plants are about to die. If you’re sure that the temperature is all right, doesn’t lack sunlight (at least six hours of direct sunlight) and no disease is visible then water is the reason behind dying plants.

A few deep watering once a week will be enough, or if the weather is hot make it twice a week. Water will feed the roots and eventually they will grow back stronger. 

A Brief Recap

 The first thing I have to state if I have to generalize this topic about watering is when you’re not watering the eggplant properly. It is most likely to encounter bitterness in taste. The best solution would be to create a diary, so you can control underwatering and overwatering issues. 

The soil in eggplant plays a major role in watering. If you use sand soil water more and if you use loam sand, water less. Watering should be done once a week for about an inch deep. As the heat increases during summer, you can increase the watering twice a week too. 

To conclude the watering topic I must add that you should water eggplant early morning or afternoon, not in the middle of the day when the sun performs best.

Further Reading

Where are you going? I’m not done yet, I have some other articles to share. Read to find out how many bell pepper you will get per plant or the number of butternut squash you can get per plant. Here I have the same family breed of eggplant which is a tomato. It’s tomato planting time, go ahead and read the article about how many tomatoes you will get per plant and how often should you water tomatoes as well.

That was pretty much it, see you in the following article

Ella Holmes

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