Aubergine ’Halflange Violette’ - SeedSolanum melongena ’Halflange Violette’
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The fruits of the aubergine ’Halflange Violette’ (Solanum melongena) taste very nice and are easy to grow. Delicious for stews or oven or wok dishes. Traditional aubergine for a sunny spot in open ground or in the greenhouse.Show more
Show moreAubergine seed requires no prior treatment.
How to SowSowing period under glass: February - March.
Aubergines (Solanum melongena) really love warmth and can be sown indoors from late February in a room or mini greenhouse, in small peat pots or in a simple sowing tray. A combination of peat pots filled with the right potting compost in a room or mini greenhouse would be the easiest. It would be ideal if using a room or mini greenhouse to provide warmth for the soil from the bottom. A germination temperature of 23 - 25°C would be ideal. For pots: use 1 seed per pot. Using a pencil for instance, push the seed in the potting compost to a max. depth of 0.5 cm, and fill with more potting compost. Give the room or mini greenhouse a nice spot on the window-sill.
The germination of aubergine is slow and, depending on the temperature, will take place after 14-21 days. A few days after germination, you can lower the air humidity by opening the slides of the room or mini greenhouse.
When the seedlings are 10 cm high, they must get used to the normal air humidity. This can be achieved by removing the lid of the small room greenhouse or mini greenhouse for an hour. Extend this process by an hour each day. In approx. 5 days the seedlings will have become used to the correct air humidity and you will be able to plant them out to a larger pot.
If you do not have a mini greenhouse or small room greenhouse, you can simply use a sowing tray combined with plastic bags and meat skewers as a good alternative. To allow the seedlings to get used to the correct air humidity, you will simply punch holes in the plastic bags.
Show morePlant out only when all chance of frost has passed and night temperatures stay above 12 degrees centigrade. We advise first acclimatising aubergine plants (Solanum melongena) before planting out.
To do this, stand them outdoors in the shade for an hour longer every day for a week. They can then be planted in a large pot – 3 to a pot. Stand the pots in full sun or dig them in, pot and all, in a sheltered, sunny spot.
Aubergines can be planted in a row, 35 cm apart. Removing the very first buds will encourage the plants to make stronger shoots more able to carry the fruits. Also remove any side shoots as outdoor aubergines require all the energy they can muster to keep the top shoots growing and produce flowers (and then fruit).
Aubergines are self-pollinating and (bumble) bees will help so ‘setting’ the fruit will not be a problem. Aubergine plants will be grateful for a good feed that you would normally give to other (flowering) pot plants.
If you plant your aubergines in a greenhouse, they will grow much taller and will require support. Use canes or even garden twine strung from the roof to the ground.
Water extra in periods or drought, keep the bed free of weeds and your plants will thrive.
HarvestingHarvesting period August - October. In a greenhouse from June.
If the aubergines have fully grown and can be pressed in slightly, they are ready for harvesting. Harvesting is done by simply cutting the fruit from the plant with a sharp knife.
Aubergine plants love warmth and grow best in a greenhouse. This does not mean that it is impossible to grow them outdoors. However, you do have to choose the most sheltered spot in your garden to grow aubergines.Show more
Aubergines are available in various colours. From a biological point of view, they are all of the same type. They are all different cultivars from the same mother type. There are hardly any flavour differences between the aubergines in different colours.
Aubergine (Solanum melongena) is related to the potato (Solanaceae).
How to useAubergine will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Blanch before freezing. Like the potato, aubergine contains solanine – this is rendered harmless when cooked. We do not recommend that they are eaten raw!
Aubergine is a regular ingredient in various oriental kitchens and they are terrific for using in the wok! Makes a delicious casserole with onion and peppers, mushrooms and beef!
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