(Latin name*: Melanzana) Aubergine (also called eggplant) is a cold-sensitive vegetable that
requires a long warm season for best yields. It is grown in the same way
as sweet pepper, with transplants being set in the vegetable garden
after all danger of frost is past. They prefer a sunny spot in the
garden but grow well under glass.
Cylindrical, glossy purple skinned fruits. They fruit abundantly
throughout the summer. Choose a variety with bitter-free flesh.
Sow under heated glass, 6mm deep, at a minimum temperature of 15C during
January to March in pots of good compost. Transplant to larger pots
during April or May when seedlings can be easily handled.
Plant out once frost risk has passed, either under protection or
outdoors in warmer areas. Soil should be well prepared before
transplanting with a liberal application of well-rotted manure or
compost. Plant outdoors 70cm apart each way, or in large pots or
containers under protection.