Eggplant is not always easy
Eggplant is not always easy to grow; timing may not be your only concern. It is a warm-season crop; it likes heat both during the day (80°F is optimum) and at night (above 60°F is desirable). Good soil is key to good production; eggplant has little tolerance of poorly draining soil. Did you test your soil pH? It should me 6 to 6.5. If necessary, add lime to the soil three to four months before you plant and check for other nutrients. An ideal transplant should be 8 to 12 inches tall and slightly hardened off. (Woody transplants can be slow to resume growth after transplanting.) We hope this helps.