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Eggplant

Solanum melongena 'F1 Baby Belle'

Also known as

Aubergine, Brinjal, Eiervrug (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-10b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Harvest starts about 3 months after planting. Cut the fruit off the plant, do not twist or pull. Fruits should feel full and heavy.

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Eggplant Overview

Aubergine is a fruit that is in the Tomato family and much like Tomatoes, Aubergine is used as a vegetable in cooking. It is used heavily in vegetarian cuisine as it has a fairly bland flavour and so can be used in a multitude of ingredients. It is also known as an Eggplant because the fruits look egg-shaped when young. There are many different cultivars of Aubergine showing ranges of size and look of the fruit. There is even white Aubergine. 'Baby Belle' is a cultivar of Aubergine that has been bred to have a dwarf habit and small fruits. This makes it ideal for growing in pots on patios.

Common problems with Eggplant

Fungus and bacterial diseases can also occur, protect the plants against soilborne disease by rotating crops.

Eggplant Companion Plants

How to propagate Eggplant

Seed

Sowing time best in spring and summer. Sowing between 6-8 mm deep and should germination in 7-14 days.

Special features of Eggplant

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Attractive flowers

Flowers are mauve/lavender to white in colour, with yellow centre.

Other uses of Eggplant

Edible

Lovely roasted with other vegetables or used in saucy dishes. The whole Aubergine will keep up to 1 week, but it is best not to refrigerate. Can be frozen or dried.