First we brought you the TomTato®, now we bring you the exclusive Egg & Chips®, the next step in dual cropping vegetable plants! We have hand-grafted an Aubergine plant onto a heavy-cropping Potato plant to offer you another world first in 2-in-1 planting solutions, allowing you to double up on space in the greenhouse, patio, balcony, veg patch or allotment.
The productive plants are great fun for kids and really capture the imagination, but the result is more than just a novelty. The sturdy potato plant gives the aubergine part the vigour and strength to grow strongly and harvest heavily under UK growing conditions. Above ground harvest an average of 3 to 4 large tasty aubergines. Below ground, harvest heavy yields of up to 2kg of delicious white potatoes which are incredibly versatile. You can boil them, mash them, roast them or make chips. There's no genetic modification - it's an all-natural, and safe process.
Our Egg & Chips® plants come with growing and aftercare instructions. (Not that you'll really need them - these plants are so easy to grow!) Grow them indoors or outdoors, in a patio pot, on your allotment or on the vegetable patch. Height 50cm (20"). Spread 30cm (12").
Egg & Chips® makes the perfect growing partner for our popular Tomtato® plant. Why not try them together for three easy crops from two large pots?
Your Egg & Chips® has a tendency to grow towards the light whilst in transit. Please stand your plant unright where it will quickly straighten. Soak the rootball in a tray of water for half an hour if it seems to have dried out in transit.
Grow Egg & Chips® plants on in warm, frost-free conditions until all risk of frost has passed, potting on if necessary to a slightly bigger pot. After the last frost, gradually acclimatise indoor plants to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days. Alternatively plant Egg & Chips® directly into its final position in a frost-free greenhouse.
Where to grow your plants
Grow Egg & Chips® in a greenhouse or sheltered position outside in full sun. For best results grow in a container which holds at least 40 litres of compost, or a deep container with at least 50cm (20") diameter. A large container is needed for proper development of both crops.Alternatively grow plants in the ground in fertile, reliably moist, well drained soil. Prepare the soil in spring by adding plenty of well rotted manure to improve structure and fertlity. Space plants 60cm (24in) apart and water them thoroughly after planting.
Planting and support
Plant grafted aubergine-potato plants with the graft union below soil level, burying the stem up to the second aubergine leaf from the base. This aids stability and growth, and ensures the potatoes develop fully underground.<[>Support Egg & Chips® plants with one cane or thin stake. As fruits swell, the stalks may need tying to the cane for extra support. For the best aubergine yields, tap flowers as they open to release pollen and improve fruit set.
Potato shoots may emerge from below soil level through the season, remove these to prevent wasted energy.
Water Egg & Chips® plants frequently to keep the compost evenly moist.
We recommend a one off feed of incredicrop at planting time, it provides all your plant's needs for the whole growing cycle, and we've seen some impressive results with this method on our own technical growing trials. Alternatively, good results can also be had from a standard liquid tomato fertiliser feeding regime - once the first truss has set start to offer a weekly feed of Chempak Soluble Tomato Food, then twice weekly at second truss stage and with every watering from 3rd truss stage. Plants will benefit from the application of Chempak® Calcium Multi Action Fertiliser during peak cropping times to prevent blossom end rot.
Egg & Chips® can sometimes produce potato foliage from the base of the plants which may grow through the aubergine foliage. These can be removed by pinching out to ground level and will not affect the potato harvest. Top up the compost in containers every so often to prevent potatoes near the soil surface from becoming green and inedible.
Once container-grown plants have produced 4 or 5 fruits pinch out the top of the main stem,. This focuses the plant's energy on producing a good crop of large, high quality aubergines. Greenhouse plants do not require stopping and can be left to grow on as required.
Aubergines can be harvested as they ripen from August to October. If growing in container, plants can be moved to a frost-free position in the autumn for prolonged aubergine cropping. Once the aubergines have finished cropping, cut back plants to the base and harvest the potatoes below. Leave potatoes in the compost for 2 weeks before lifting.
If growing Egg & Chips® outdoors, remove any remaining aubergiones before the first frosts in autumn. Cut the plant stem to ground level and leave for 10-14 days before lifting the potatoes below. PLEASE NOTE: Although potato plants normally produce poisonous fruits, crops from Egg & Chips® pose no risk and have been certified free of any harmful glycoalkaloids.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.
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