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Solanum melongena 'Bonica'


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Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), 'Bonica' produces high yields of large, oval aubergines from very early in the season. It makes a bushy, compact plant and is best grown under glass as aubergines hail from the Tropics. Pinch out growing tips when 30cm (12in) high to encourage branching, and stop fruiting sideshoots when five to six fruits have set. Pick fruits before the skin loses its gloss, which is usually a symptom of over-ripeness.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Solanum

Species: melongena

Cultivar: Bonica

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: February to March

Flowering period: July to September

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