Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker'

Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker'

Aubergine

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Fruits
Fruits
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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker'
  • Common name: Aubergine
  • Plant type: Fruit

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Fruit

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Also known as eggplant, due to the shape of the fruit of earlier varieties, aubergines are becoming an increasingly popular choice for the grow-your-own enthusiast. Given a good summer, plants can be very productive, especially when grown under glass. However, aubergine plants are sensitive to cold winds and heavy rain, making them less reliable when grown outdoors. 

Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker' is an early cropping variety, bearing good yields of long, slender matt-purple fruits, with a good flavour. 

Pinch out growing tips when 30cm high to encourage branching, feed weekly with a high-potash fertiliser once plants have started to flower, and mist fruits with water to encourage fruit set. Remove fruiting sideshoots after five to six fruits have set, and pick fruits before the skin loses its gloss – a symptom of over-ripeness.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Plant
Plant
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Harvest
Harvest
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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