Growing white eggplant in home garden. Last time, we planted white eggplant seedlings and set up temporary stake. About one month has passed since the installation of temporary stake. As the white eggplants have grown, we have decided to replace the temporary stake with thicker stake.
The temporary stake for the white eggplants that were previously set up are short, with a length of 90cm (3 feet) and a diameter of 1.1cm (0.4 inch). I’m a bit concerned that the short stakes might lead to eggplant branches breaking in strong winds, so I plan to replace the short stake with thicker stake to provide better support for the white eggplants going forward.
The white eggplant planting season was towards the end of April. For field cultivation, eggplants are ideally transplanted from late April to early May. Therefore, we make it a practice to plant them around this time every year.
How to stake for white eggplant (Replace the temporary stake with thicker stake)
For the white eggplants, a single thicker stake, measuring 150cm (4.9 feet) in length and 1.6cm (0.63 inch) in diameter, will be placed.
With proper pruning, eggplants can grow well up to a height of about 160cm. Therefore, the stake needs to have both sufficient length and thickness. (If the height of the eggplant plants exceeds that of the stakes, I should pinch off the tips of the branches.)
To set up the stakes, first, push the stakes into the ground by hand. It’s okay if the stake goes into the ground about 25cm (10 inch) deep. If the soil is too compact and the stake doesn’t go in easily, just push it in as far as it will go for now.
Then, use a hammer to drive the stake in an additional 10cm (4 inch). A point to note is not to drive the stake in too deeply. If you drive it in too deeply, it might become difficult to remove when cleaning up.
How to secure the white eggplant stems (Tie the stakes to the stems with twine)
Once the stake for the white eggplants is in place, the next step is to learn how to tie the branches. Here’s how to do it using twine.
For the branches, keep the loops loose to avoid damaging them.
Currently, since the height of the eggplant plants is low, there are only 1 to 2 points for tying, but as the stems and branches grow, more tying points will be added. With this, the installation of stake for the white eggplants is complete.
Following is the video for how-to. English subtitles are available.