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Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker'


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Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker'

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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, aubergines 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 maturing aubergine, bearing good yields of long, elegant dark coloured fruit, with a good flavour.

For best results grow Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker' in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. 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.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Solanum

Species: melongena

Cultivar: Moneymaker

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

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: June to August

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