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Solanum melongena 'Epic'

Aubergine

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Key information

Plant type

Fruit

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

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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.

Genus: Solanum

Species: melongena

Cultivar: Epic

Plant type: Fruit

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm


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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