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Aubergine 'Czech Early'

Solanum melongena, Egg Plant

Half-hardy Annual

Outdoor aubergines can be hit and miss in a less than perfect British summer. We've selected Aubergine Czech to ensure success in your garden no matter the weather. This fast growing aubergine is early to flower and set fruit, giving plants a longer growth period to reach their full cropping potential. Large oval fruits are produced on compact plants with virtually no spines on the flower stems, leaves or branches for easy picking on the patio. Perfect for grow bags and containers. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 60cm (24").

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse
Flowering Period:
July, August
Sowing Months:
February, March, April, May
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (20 aubergine seeds)

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    • Despatch: By end of February 2018
    • £2.29

Sow aubergine seeds from February to May for indoor cultivation or March to April for growing outdoors. Soaking them in warm water for 24 hours before sowing will assist germination.

Sow seeds on the surface of a free draining, moist seed compost and cover with 6mm (¼”) layer of vermiculite or compost. Place in a propagator or seal the container inside a polythene bag at constant temperature of 18-21C (65-70F) until after germination which takes 10-14 days. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, carefully transplant them into 7.5cm (3”) pots and grow on at a slightly reduced temperature.

When all risk of frost is passed and the soil is warm, harden off and plant aubergines in their final positions. For indoor cultivation, pot on into larger containers or plant 2 aubergines per growbag. Outdoors, plant aubergines in rich fertile soil at a distance of 90cm (3') apart, in rows spaced 90-120cm (3-4') apart. Grow aubergines in a sheltered position in full sun. Planting through black plastic mulch will help to warm the soil, control weeds and save moisture.

Aubergines grow best at temperatures of 25-30C (77-86F) with high humidity levels. Stake aubergine plants as they increase in size and pinch out the main growing tip to encourage a bushy habit. Water regularly to prevent buds from dropping. Once the first flowers have set, feed aubergines every 2 weeks with a high potash tomato feed. Restricting the crop to 5 or 6 per plant will produce the largest fruits. Harvest aubergines by cutting them close to the stem from August onwards, when the fruit appears fully coloured and shiny. Harvest regularly to promote further flowers and to extend the picking season.
Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above.

Despatch: Within 24 hours applies to orders placed online from Sunday to Thursday. Orders placed online on Friday or Saturday will be despatched on Monday. Please note that for Bank Holiday weekends, orders placed Friday to Sunday will be despatched on Tuesday.

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.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

Reviews
  1. Nothing early or late

    By MOHAMED HAJAMOHIDEEN 18-09-2016

    Grew them in containers in a sheltered but sunny area.When other varieties like Bonica,Pinstripe and Jack-Pot yielded reasonably well in the same environment ,this variety was very late to bloom resulting in only two small fruits.The friends, who received seedlings from me, were also disappointed with the results.

    Ryan
    19-09-2016

    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. If you would like to contact our Customer Care Department at ccare@thompson-morgan.com, one of our agents will be more than happy to look in to this further for you.

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