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Good luck with that, supersuzie1 - do keep us posted.
Phil3 - you can start off aubergines in a small heated propagator (please see link below), but the plants do need heat once they've outgrown that. It might be worth a try anyway, and we might be blessed with a sufficiently hot summer to ripen the fruits. Or, alternatively, consider a crop that doesn't feel the cold quite as much!
kimi2000 - do take a look at our practical guide to growing aubergines, and Kate Bradbury's blog on the subject. Good luck
Hello, thank you for the information. What do you spray with tepid water, the flower or the plant? (this is mentioned while tapping the flower) Thank you
I grew aubergines last year in my greenhouse, they fruited well and grew to maturity,however they were inedible as they were very bitter.-any comments?
Could be you left them to long on the plant. Aubergines are best picked when they are still glossy looking. Dull coloured fruits are usually bitter.
certain varieties can, however if you are any further north than Manchester you'll still have trouble outdoors.
even in a greenhouse I find they're more hassle than they're worth the grow. much better to use the space for tomatoes or peppers.
We have grown aubergines in our polytunnel and they look healthy but set very few fruits. Do they like to be misted or perhaps no water on the plant? Any knowledge as to how to get aubergine to set fruit appreciated.
Try hand-pollinating them Catherine. The problem with growing them under cover is that the insects can't easily get to them. Take a small very soft brush (like an artists paintbrush or make-up brush) and gently push it into the centre of every open flower. If you do that every day, most of the fruit should set providing other conditions are right.
I don't have a heated greenhouse so had no success in growing from seed but do have success buying a couple of cheap grafted plants from B&Q (before they kill them)
A tip from my Turkish neighbour: remove the 2 side flowers from each set of 3 to encourage fruits to form and loads of tomatoe feed! definetly made a difference!