Aubergines

Growing advice and tips from Marshalls Seeds
Try this exotic looking vegetable – grow like tomatoes in patio pots close to the house. A definite sun lover, the fruits are both ornamental and tasty. Superb quality fruits will be freely produced from mid summer.

Sowing Indoors
Almost fill a seed tray with moist seed compost. Sow seeds thinly over the surface, and lightly cover them with a little more compost. Place in warmth 18-25C (65-75F), and keep moist.

Growing On / Thinning
Keep seedlings in a light position, but shade from bright sun. When large enough to handle, transplant 5cm (2in) apart into trays of potting compost or singly into small pots. Grow on in a minimum temperature of 15C (60F).

Hardening off / Planting out
Plant into growing bags, large pots or the greenhouse border when the first flowers have opened.

Aftercare
Water regularly and feed with liquid fertiliser as fruits begin to swell.