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Solanum melongena 'Mini Bambino'

Aubergine

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Key information

Plant type

Fruit

Flower colour

Lavender

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

Often called eggplant due to 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. 'Mini Bambino' is a dwarf variety only growing to 30cm (12in) tall. It produces unusual, miniature fruit that are just 2.5cm (1in) in diameter. It is an excellent variety to grow in a container or where space is limited.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Solanum

Species: melongena

Cultivar: Mini Bambino

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: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: February to March

Flowering period: July to September


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