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Eggplant

Use our zone-based planting guide to know when to plant eggplant.

Plant name Zone Start seeds indoors Start seeds outdoors Plant seedlings/transplants outdoors Plant spacing # plants per person
Eggplant 3a March 1-15 On/around May 15 (after last frost) On/around May 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 3b March 1-15 On/around May 15 (after last frost) On/around May 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 4a March 1-15 On/around May 15 (after last frost) On/around May 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 4b March 1-15 On/around May 15 (after last frost) On/around May 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 5a Feb. 1-15 On/around April 15 (after last frost) On/around April 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 5b Feb. 1-15 On/around April 15 (after last frost) On/around April 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 6a Feb. 1-15 On/around April 15 (after last frost) On/around April 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 6b Feb. 1-15 On/around April 15 (after last frost) On/around April 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 7a Feb. 1-15 On/around April 15 (after last frost) On/around April 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 7b Feb. 1-15 On/around April 15 (after last frost) On/around April 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 8a Jan. 1-15 On/around March 15 (after last frost) On/around March 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 8b Jan. 1-15 On/around March 15 (after last frost) On/around March 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 9a Dec. 1-15 On/around Feb. 15 (after last frost) On/around Feb. 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 9b Dec. 1-15 On/around Feb. 15 (after last frost) On/around Feb. 15 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 10a Nov. 15-30 On/around Jan. 30 (after last frost) On/around Jan. 30 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 10b Nov. 15-30 On/around Jan. 30 (after last frost) On/around Jan. 30 (after last frost) 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 11a January; August March; October-November March; October-November 2-3 feet 2-3
Eggplant 11b January; August March; October-November March; October-November 2-3 feet 2-3

* Eggplants are a warm-weather plant. Plant seedlings or seeds outdoors after the threat of frost has passed.