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Aubergine 'Gretel' F1 HybridSolanum molengenaEgg Plant

Tender Annual

What is Tender Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Susceptible to damage or death at temperatures below 5C.

£2.99

Neat, bushy habit with thornless stems

Produces 7-10cm (3-4in) long, non-bitter fruits

Can be grown in a patio pot to restrict height

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Height Up to 130cm (51in)
Spread Up to 90cm (35in)

Tender Annual

kitchen gardengreenhouse

full sun

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Sowing Months Harvest Months

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Description
Enjoy this great tasting Aubergine ‘Gretel’ F1 Hybrid freshly picked from your own plot or greenhouse. These attractive ivory fruits are best picked when just 7-10cm (3-4”) long, and by doing so they don’t have a chance to become large and bitter. Providing ornamental value as well as a great yield, this variety is a brilliant choice for growing on a sunny patio. Grow it in a large container and its height and spread are restricted to around 90cm (3’) by 60cm (2’). Cropping continuously throughout summer, you can harvest the fruits regularly and enjoy them in a variety of Mediterranean themed dishes. Exceptional flavour and texture, these lovely mini aubergines are virtually seedless and perfect for baking or frying. Height: 90-130cm (3-4’). Spread: 90cm (3’).


1 packet (5 seeds) (KA9946)

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 (1/4”) 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 £1.95.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.95.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Thompson & Morgan strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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