Aubergine Gretel F1 Hybrid
Aubergine Gretel F1 Hybrid. Enjoy this great tasting Aubergine ‘Gretel’ F1 Hybrid freshly picked from your own plot or greenhouse. These attractive ivory fruits are best picked when just 7-10cm (3-4”) long, and by doing so they don’t have a chance to become large and bitter. Providing ornamental value as well as a great yield, this variety is a brilliant choice for growing on a sunny patio. Grow it in a large container and its height and spread are restricted to around 90cm (3’) by 60cm (2’). Cropping continuously throughout summer, you can harvest the fruits regularly and enjoy them in a variety of Mediterranean themed dishes. Exceptional flavour and texture, these lovely mini aubergines are virtually seedless and perfect for baking or frying.
Height: 90-130cm (3-4’). Spread: 90cm (3’).
February – March
July – October
How to sow
Sow aubergine seeds from February to May for indoor cultivation or March to April for growing outdoors. Soaking them in warm water for 24 hours before sowing will assist germination. Sow seeds on the surface of a free draining, moist seed compost and cover with 6mm (1/4”) layer of vermiculite or compost. Place in a propagator or seal the container inside a polythene bag at constant temperature of 18-21C (65-70F) until after germination which takes 10-14 days. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, carefully transplant them into 7.5cm (3″) pots and grow on at a slightly reduced temperature.
When all risk of frost is passed and the soil is warm, harden off and plant aubergines in their final positions. For indoor cultivation, pot on into larger containers or plant 2 aubergines per growbag. Outdoors, plant aubergines in rich fertile soil at a distance of 90cm (3′) apart, in rows spaced 90-120cm (3-4′) apart. Grow aubergines in a sheltered position in full sun. Planting through black plastic mulch will help to warm the soil, control weeds and save moisture.
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