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Solanum melongena

Aubergine

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  • Solanum melongena | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Solanum melongena | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.3m to 2m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourLavender, white
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Solanum melongena (Aubergine). This vegetable will grow in mild climates or in a greenhouse. You can grow from seeds that may be sown up to 10 weeks before your last frost date. If you are going to plant outdoors, then the temperature must stay above 55F.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Deciduous, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Vegetable

Origin

South Africa, Southern Asia.

Interest and use

Fruit, culinary, food. Contains vitamin C and mineral salts. Can be container grown.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

These warm-climate plants are demanding as they require full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Harvesting may start in late summer. and may end in early autumn. Fairly difficult to grow.

Propagation

From seed under glass in late winter or early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Grey mould, green fly and red spider mite.

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