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nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

I've been given some aubergine plants, no sign of a flower yet. I'm thinking these would be better as foliage plants in the garden rather than hoping for fruits. What do you think folks?

In the sticks near Peterborough


  • PeterE17PeterE17 Posts: 129

    I think you are right. I read somewhere that aubergine seeds must be planted early to give them a long season if you want fruit. You might get a few blooms though as a late treat for the bees.  

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,845

    That reminds me - there's some aubergines languishing in the fridge waiting to be roasted for Baba ganoush ................... image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    There's a large one in my fridge Dove, Got it from sainsbury's

    Thanks Peter, you've confirmed what I thought

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    This year I have grown some grafted aubergine plants and they have produced some gorgeous aubergines image The plants i grew from seed are just producing now - I sowed the seeds in February image

    Pam LL x



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    That is really impressive LL

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Lilylouise. I'm impressed too. How big are they, mine must have been dwart one at about 3 to 4 inches long image

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    These are on a dinner plate - they were a very  good  size - I have picked 10 so far - the plants will only produce  4 or 5  each but it is worth it image

    2 of the aubergines have been a bit larger image

    Pam LL x




  • Makes me wish I liked aubergines. 

  • PeterE17PeterE17 Posts: 129

    Re my post above, I read about aubergines on the GW website. Long season needed indeed.

    Now someone help me please; don't aubergines keep the same skin colour all their life? So an unripe purple aubergine will be purple, a young white auby will be white, and so on.

    Lilylouise  your fruits are a good recommendation for grafted plants.

  • Kathy 2Kathy 2 Posts: 122

    Wow, Lily, I'm very impressed! If mine turn out half as good, I'll be a happy bunny. Mine (grown from seed) are only just flowering and in a small plastic growhouse - I believe they like to be warm.

    Nut - a snail keeps getting at mine (it goes on holiday - by air - if I see it imageimage) so would dread to think what would happen to them in the garden!!

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