Aubergine seeds

Aubergine black beauty

Sowing suggestions for aubergine seeds

Sow indoors in seed trays from late February, or if you have a heat mat from January. Aubergine seeds need steady temperatures of 21C to germinate effectively, and they like a high light intensity. Once plants have a few true leaves they can be moved on to larger pots (10cm). They can be planted out at their final spacing in April or May, preferably in a polytunnel or greenhouse. Remove growing point of main stem to encourage fruits setting on the sides.

Growing calendars

For veg:

Aubergine sowing calendar

For seed saving:

Aubergine seed saving calendar

Crop history

Aubergine is the only cultivated member of the solanaceae family that did not originate in the Americas, but in Asia; most likely in China and/or India. The first written record of the plant is in the Quimin Yaoshu, a Chinese agricultural work written in 544AD. Aubergines found their way into Europe in the Middle Ages through Spain and Italy, but the first record of aubergine growing in the UK was not until the 16th century.

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  • Aubergine – Black Beauty (Organic)

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    Aubergine – Black Beauty (Organic)

    The classic open-pollinated aubergine, heavy crops of striking black-skinned fruit on vigourous plants. Black Beauty aubergines competes with its hybrid sister varieties. In the right conditions (light, greenhouse/polytunnel) they fruit abundantly and the plants grow tall and strong. The aubergines themselves are all shapes, sizes and shades of purple which prove popular at markets or in the kitchen! They fruit early to mid season with aubergines from July – September. This is our favourite variety to grow, and most importantly the fruit tastes fab!
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    (Approximate seed count – 18)

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  • Aubergine - Rosa di Bianca

    Aubergine – Rosa di Bianca (Organic)

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    Aubergine – Rosa di Bianca (Organic)

    Pale pink and violet colours with white shading, mild in taste and smooth texture when cooked. The unusual coloration makes this classic Italian heritage aubergine truly special. The subtle sweetness, the absence of bitterness and the creamy consistency brings it close to perfection.

    Expect less harvest if growing in cooler climates but it is still worth a try!

    (Approximate seed count – 25)

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