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Solanum melongena 'Moneymaker'

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 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. Plants can be very productive, especially under glass as outdoors they are sensitive to cold winds and heavy rain. 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. 'Moneymaker' is an early variety which has long, elegant fruit that are produced in abundance.

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


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