Aubergine Pinstripe. Thompson & Morgan is delighted to work alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to offer special seed collections to home gardeners. The Kew Collection and The Kew Urban Garden Collection have been specially selected by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
A compact, virtually spineless variety producing a heavy yield of deep purple fruits with distinctive white stripes. The attractive fruits and compact, dwarf habit make Aubergine ‘Pinstripe’ ideal for a sunny patio or small greenhouses and vegetable plots.
Height: 75cm (30″). Spread: 60cm (24″).
February – May
August – 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 (0.25″) 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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