Aubergine 'Farmers Long' - Pack of 10 Seeds Solanum melongena
Sow: January to April Harvest: August to October Height: 60cm+
Compact variety with long, slender purple fruits. Ideal for growing in pots.
Aubergines are best started under cover early in the year. Start in Jiffy 7C pellets (available here) or seed trays, then pot on into 7cm pots, and again into 9cm before planting out in late spring/early summer.
The seeds need heat to germinate. Usually the warmth of a sunny windowsill is enough, but you can also place them in an airing cupboard with a bag placed loosely over the top (make sure you remove and keep somewhere bright when they germinate) or use a heated propagator if you have access to one.
Seeds germinate in 14-28 days.
Best grown in a greenhouse or polytunnel, but can also be grown in open ground in a warm, sunny position. Pinch out the growing tip when plants reach 30cm to encourage them to bush out.
Aubergines are hungry plants, feed every two weeks with a high potassium feed.