Indoors, 5-8 weeks before your last frost date.
Transplant out after danger of frost (65+ nighttime temps).
Note: Protect well from the cold!
18" spacing in rows 18-24" apart.
10-14 days @ soil temp 75-85F
Moderate-heavy. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil with ample phosphorous and a pH between 6.5-6.8. Don't add too much Nitrogen as this will lead to excess foliage and less fruit.
Eggplant seeds will not germinate in cold soil.
Use a floating row cover to keep plants warmer during the day and as protection from cold nights and insects.