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Aubergine 'Black Beauty'Solanum molengenaEgg Plant

Half-hardy Annual

What is Half-Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Can be grown outdoors but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.

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Glossy near-black fruits to pick from summer to autumn

Ideal for a wide range of Mediterranean dishes

Heavy cropping variety with excellent flavour

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Height Up to 75cm (30in)
Spread Up to 60cm (24in)

Half-hardy Annual

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Description

Aubergine 'Black Beauty' provides an excellent yield of shiny, near-black skinned fruit throughout the summer season which can be used in all kinds of delicious Mediterranean recipes. Tasty creamy-coloured flesh on the inside, pick them when small and enjoy them barbecued, or allow them fully form into larger fruits which can be cut up and added to recipes, sliced or stuffed and baked. Best grown in a greenhouse for a long lasting crop which starts early in the season and continues through to autumn. Also suitable for growing on sunny, sheltered patios during the summer months. Height: 75cm (30”). Spread: 60cm (24”).


1 packet (8 aubergine seeds) (37559)

Sowing

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 (0.25") 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.

More Info

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.

Delivery

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 or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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