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Aubergines

Aubergine plant from Lubera

An aubergine plant (or eggplant) is healthy, tasty and it produces very decorative flowers and fruit.

   
 
Aubergine 'Applegreen'

Solanum melongena 'Applegreen', the greenish aubergine with early ripening and a high...

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Aubergine 'Casper'

Solanum melongena 'Casper', the mild, white aubergine with snow white flesh

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Aubergine 'Cookstown Orange'

'Solanum melongena 'Cookstown Orange', the orange aubergine with the taste of bell pepper

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Aubergine 'Diamond'

Solanum melongena 'Diamond', the aromatic, dark purple aubergine variety for growing...

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Aubergine 'Edirne Purple Striped'

Solanum melongena 'Edirne Purple Striped', the best striped aubergine variety

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Aubergine 'Japanese White Egg'

Solanum melongena 'Japanese White Egg', white, egg-shaped fruits

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Aubergine 'Little Fingers'

Solanum melongena 'Little Fingers', the extremely fertile dark purple aubergine for pots

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Aubergine 'Ping Tung'

Solanum melongena 'Ping Tung', the eternally long aubergine with a fine sweet aroma

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Outdoor Aubergine Obsidian

The aubergine for growing outdoors

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More information about aubergine plants

 

When you buy an aubergine plant it comes in a variety of shapes and colours - but their flesh is always white. The egg-shaped fruits look great in Indian curry as well as in Mediterranean dishes.

 

 

Aubergine plant - a versatile vegetable also for the open field

 

Originating from tropical Asia, the aubergine is quite demanding in terms of heat requirements, and not every variety is suitable for the garden. However, with our vigorous plants, a suitable variety and the right location, you can dare to grow it outdoors.

Aubergines also have considerable potential as ornamental plants in your home garden and their beautiful flowers even fit into a shrub bed. It is of course also possible to grow them in pots on the balcony or terrace.

 

The suitable location for aubergines

 

An outdoor aubergine is grateful for a warm, sunny and protected location. It is best to choose a microclimate favourable location when growing the aubergine plant in the garden, for example, near a south-facing house wall. Of course, raised beds and foil tunnels are also ideal for your aubergine plants - or a raised bed with a "sun trap" to protect against cold winds.

Aubergines should not be grown near other nightshade plants such as peppers or tomatoes. Lettuce, kohlrabi, beans, radishes or lettuce are good planting partners. It should also be noted that the aubergine is self-incompatible, which means that it must be planted out in a different place in the following years. For this reason, a 4-year planting break makes sense.

 

How do they grow?

 

When you buy these plants, they can grow up to one metre high, depending on the variety. Since both shoots and leaves are very space-consuming, the planting distance should be at least 60 by 60 centimetres. Mini aubergines require less space. The attachment of a support pole and permanent tying prevent the plants from buckling.

 

Planting

 

Plant out your aubergine seedlings in the greenhouse at the beginning of May, or plant them outdoors after the frost. The soil for aubergines should be humus - you can add a little compost or ‘Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus’ from Lubera, which improves the soil by adding organic matter.

 

Care

 

Use good fertilisers such as liquid fertilisers, horn shavings or stinging nettle liquid manure. It is best to water the aubergines only from below in order to prevent fungal diseases.

The first small fruits can be broken out (especially in the greenhouse, where the growing season is somewhat longer) so that the plants develop more leaf mass. You can also pinch out the side shoots of aubergine plants. Pinching out also prevents the plant from becoming too bushy and possibly not bearing enough fruit.

Aubergines are pollinated by the wind - for this reason, it is beneficial to shake your plants a little when they are grown in a greenhouse.

 

Harvesting

 

The harvest of aubergines takes place from August to November. A ripe aubergine has a typical shine and a distinct colour. Aubergines ripen almost exclusively on the plant. Before the frost, you can put the plant in a pot and let the fruit ripen. Unripe fruits contain solanine and should therefore not be eaten.

 

Overwintering

 

Theoretically, it is possible to overwinter these in a container (at about 10 degrees Celsius in a light location), but they are usually kept for one year.

 

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