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Solanum melongena 'Epic'

Aubergine

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Tender

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Plant details

Often called eggplant because of the shape of earlier varieties, this is a lush, tropical plant whose fruits have become popular with our more adventurous changes in diet. In a warm season, plants can be very productive, especially under glass, outdoors they are sensitive to cold winds and heavy rain, and are best grown in large pots which can be moved under glass, if necessary. 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, a symptom of over-ripeness. Epic' forms fruit up to 23cm (9in) long which mature early. This variety is tolerant of tobacco mosaic virus.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Solanum

Species: melongena

Cultivar: Epic

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Hardiness: Tender

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

Flowering period: July to September


Reader reviews


amato2000

Is slugs good or bad for Aubergines. What is the best way to grow aubergines .I live in a flat and don,t have a green house but i have got a balconey. How do i control pests such as green flies anfids etc.


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