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  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

aubergine 'Black Beauty'

egg plant or Solanum melongena 'Black Beauty'

approx 50 seeds £2.99
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil

    One of the most reliable and prolific aubergines, producing several fat, deep purple fruits about 12cm long on tall, sturdy plants. Fruits mature early so you'll get a good crop even in a less-than-perfect summer. In milder areas they can be grown outside in a sheltered, sunny spot, although for the highest yields you'll need the extra heat of a greenhouse. A heritage variety introduced in 1910.

  • Growing Instructions:Sow seeds in pots on a warm, sunny windowsill from early spring and pot them on individually as they grow. Plant out from late May, after all threat of frost has passed, 45cm apart into grow bags or into the greenhouse border. Water well and feed fortnightly with tomato feed. Support with canes as the plants grow and pinch out the top of the plant once it's 45cm high to encourage bushy growth and more fruits.

  • Sow: February-April

  • Harvest: August - October

  • Approximate quantity: 50 seeds
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